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Sanitation and Development Workshop: Learning from Failure

Posted on 04/12/2012

Masons and staff of WaterAid's local partner check latrine slabs in Dialakoroba, Mali

Stephen Jones, a final-year PhD student in the Politics, Development and Sustainability (PDS) group was an organiser of a recent workshop on 'Learning from Failure in Sanitation' as part of the UK's Sanitation Communities of Practice (SanCoP). The event was hosted by the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) at Loughborough University and was attended by a wide range of development practitioners and researchers. Rather than seeking to ignore failure in development projects, the workshop participants discussed how learning from failure could be used to improve future practice in the sanitation sector. Stephen's blog highlights key areas of the discussion.

SanCoP is an initiative convened by WEDC, the International Water Association and BPD Water and Sanitation. Stephen is one of three members of the coordinating team with Ruth Kennedy-Walker (Newcastle University) and Hayley Sharp (Atkins Global).

Stephen's PhD research is co-sponsored by WaterAid and focuses on how the NGO works with local governments in Mali to improve the sustainability of rural water supplies. Stepen has recently been elected as a trustee to the organisation Engineers Without Borders and is active in supporting events at different universities to help young engineers learn about international development.

A number of RHUL Geography PhD students have collaborative studentships. In PDS, these include work with Practical Action, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, the Body Shop and the Science Museum.





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