Sustainable urban water and sanitation – new International Training Programme

A new International Training Programme (ITP) funded by Sida is starting 2016 focusing on urban water and sanitation in Bangladesh, Kenyan, Myanmar, Tanzania and Uganda. The training programme is carried out by NIRAS and Water Aid over a period of at least three years. Hydropolis Consulting and Research has been contracted as an Associate partner, with David Nilsson taking on a role as Co-Director of the programme.

The thrust of this programme is to contribute to a change in how the collaborating organisations work towards more sustainable and equitable solutions, with the view to realise the right to water and sanitation for all.

Read more here: NIRAS homepage

New Publication: Human Rights to Water and Sanitation in Burkina Faso

The Sida Helpdesk for Environment and Climate Change has published a new report commissioned by Sida and the Swedish Embassy in Ouagadougou, on the state of Human Rights to Water and Sanitation in Burkina Faso. The study has been carried out by Olof Drakenberg at Göteborgs Miljövetenskapliga Centrum and David Nilsson from Hydropolis Consulting and Reseach. The full report can be downloaded on this link.

The report draws lessons on how human rights are currently reflected in the sector and how donors like Sida can strengthen a rights based approach. This study serves to improve the methodological approaches of Sida’s operations in water and sanitation and hygiene, and also as an input to the strategic development of the Swedish bilateral involvement in Burkina Faso.

The report is available in English and French, as well as a two-page brief in English.

Tales of Sweden: Failed imperialist or Humanitarian Superpower

On May 13, Malmö Museum of Modern Art organised a seminar to which David Nilsson was invited to talk on the topic “Tales of Sweden: Failed imperialist or Humanitarian Superpower”. In the presentation, which drew many interested listeners, David outlined the historic relationship between Sweden and Africa and challenged common self-images of Swedes in an international perspective. The seminar kick-started a performance arts exhibition at Lilith Performance studios, Malmö with African artists, reflecting on the relationship between Scandinavia and Africa.

Contributing to UN Habitat Outlook to 2050

UN-Habitat is preparing a new edition of its recurrent flagship publication on “The State of Water and Sanitation in the World’s Cities”. This global report applies a long-term perspective at the provision of water and sanitation services in urban centres and will providing an Outlook to 2050.

In preparing its report, UN Habitat commissioned Dr David Nilsson to provide a background paper with the title:

“Reflections on past approaches and policies for water and sanitation in cities: transformative shifts and future perspectives”

The purpose is to inform and inspire the UN Habitat Global Report. It can be downloaded here.

Results in transboundary water

Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) early this year launched a report on results and risks in Transboundary Water Management (TWM). This desktop study was carried out by Hydropolis Consulting and Research, and looked into a dozen different cooperations on transboundary water across the globe with the purpose of determining what kind of results and risks are typically associated with TWM cooperation. The study found that TWM initiatives typically can demonstrate short-term results of “output” character, but there are also positive long-term effects on stability, trade, and the environment. However, these are difficult to measure and therefore often are presented in anecdotal form. Assumptions about long-term effects are vaguely described and “results-chains” are lacking. TWM projects are often high-risk undertakings and frequently face ownership problems. The report ends with a set of recommendations, including the need to improve indicators, take risk management seriously and to be realistic in setting objectives.

Click here for the full report 

Click here for SIWI’s Policy Brief