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Client: 
European Comisison FP6
Project start: 
February-2006
Project end: 
January-2010

Reuse-Oriented Sanitation concepts for peri-urban areas in Africa (ROSA)

The UN Millenium Development Goals (MDGs, target 10) call for halving the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015. ROSA promotes resource-oriented sanitation concepts as a route to sustainable and ecologically sound sanitation in order to meet the MDGs. These concepts shall be applied in four cities in East-Africa.

What we do

The UN Millenium Development Goals (MDGs, target 10) call for halving the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015. ROSA promotes resource-oriented sanitation concepts as a route to sustainable and ecologically sound sanitation in order to meet the MDGs. These concepts shall be applied in four cities in East-Africa.

How we do it

The consortium comprises 2 partners from each of these countries, a university and an end-user. For the model cities strategic sanitation & waste plans (SSWPs) are developed for the whole city area. These SSWPs come up with the best solution for the city combining several techniques (resulting in hybrid systems) according to the local requirements. Within the project a part of the SSWPs are developed in peri-urban areas, where there is a lot of research need for resource-oriented sanitation.

Research topics within ROSA are targeting the gaps for the implementation of these concepts in peri-urban areas. They include e.g. an implementation study of the updated WHO-guidelines for use of waste and excreta, the improvement and adaptation of resource-oriented sanitation technologies and the development of community based operation and management strategies. For the implementation of the complete SSWPs the ROSA consortium develops possibilities for financing. This is facilitated by the already existing international network of the consortium and the strong link of the activities to on-going programmes/projects in East-Africa (e.g. the “Lake Victoria Initiative”of the UN Habitat, the WSP of the Worldbank, the Dutch ISSUE Programme, the Swedisch EcoSanRes Programme, etc.).

Dissemination activities focus on establishing the local East African network between universities, end-users, etc. This network ensures the consolidation and the replication of the knowledge gained within the region.

Description of Actual Services provided by our staff:

  • Two studies/research topics: Development community based operation and management strategies
  • Development of local structures for financing of sanitation
  • Tasks for Tanzania: Enable Environment, Develop SSWPs, Decide on implementation
  • African Network/Dissemination and exploitation of the project results:
  • Knowledge transfer in the project region by establishing a local network of the universities and end-users, respectively.  Establish and maintain local network in East-Africa