Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Recap of the Striking WASH Communications presentations in 2011

Here are the slides from our last Striking WASH Communications event here. There are also links to the PDFs on the Stockholm World Water Week site.

Durban – two way communication helps WASH service delivery by the eThekwini Municipality, by Neil Macleod, Head Water and Sanitation, Department of Water and Sanitation, Durban, South Africa PDF file


Hygiene promotion in schools during the cholera outbreak in Haiti, 2010, by Daniela Giardina, Research Centre on Environmental Management for developing countries (CeTAmb) and International Humanitarian Organization (CESVI) PDF file


Engaging the media for public health messaging: utilising national radio in Afghanistan, by Sue Yardly, Sr. Public Policy Officer, Water and Sanitation, Tearfund PDF file

Children with cameras: knowledge sharing for changing the sanitation attitudes in Nepal, by Bhushan Tuladhar, Regional Technical Advisor, South Asia of the United Nations Human Settlement Programme PDF file


How business-focused communications can improve sanitation service delivery in urban Uganda, by Julia Kent, Sr. Manager, Sanitation Program Services, Water For People PDF file

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Striking WASH Communication streamed live

The Striking WASH Communication speed presentation streamed live  as an experiment. This video is very long and experimental as it was captured from a laptop. It is here for the record only at this point in time but the reader may want to check out the actual uploaded presentations on the blog. These can be found as PDFs in the previous post.

LocationLocal timeTime zoneUTC offset
New York (U.S.A. - New York)Tuesday, 23 August 2011, 11:45:00EDTUTC-4 hours
Stockholm (Sweden)Tuesday, 23 August 2011, 17:45:00CESTUTC+2 hours
Delhi (India - Delhi)Tuesday, 23 August 2011, 21:15:00ISTUTC+5:30 hours
Corresponding UTC (GMT)Tuesday, 23 August 2011, 15:45:00


Live video by Ustream

This page was updated with the video after the even: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/striking-wash-communication

Friday, August 19, 2011

New speed presentations presented at Stockholm World Water Week 2011

The round two of 5 minute speed presentations and discussions on Striking WASH Communications rolled out on, 23 August, 2011 from 17:45 - 18:45 at the World Water Week 2011 in room K11..

The organizers have once again accepted our side event on “Striking WASH communications” and there are a new set of presentations to inspire communicators and non-communicators alike. What is the impact of communication on water and sanitation? What are some simple and effective methodologies for controlling communications and monitoring their effectiveness?
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  • How business-focused communications can improve sanitation service delivery in urban Uganda, by Julia Kent, Sr. Manager, Sanitation Program Services, Water For People PDF file

  • Hygiene promotion in schools during the cholera outbreak in Haiti, 2010, by Daniela Giardina, Research Centre on Environmental Management for developing countries (CeTAmb) and International Humanitarian Organization (CESVI) PDF file

  • Engaging the media for public health messaging: utilising national radio in Afghanistan, by Sue Yardly, Sr. Public Policy Officer, Water and Sanitation, Tearfund PDF file

  • Durban – two way communication helps WASH service delivery by the eThekwini Municipality, by Neil Macleod, Head Water and Sanitation, Department of Water and Sanitation, Durban, South Africa PDF file

  • Children with cameras: knowledge sharing for changing the sanitation attitudes in Nepal, by Bhushan Tuladhar, Regional Technical Advisor, South Asia of the United Nations Human Settlement Programme PDF file

We will be collecting “powerful questions” to inspire the discussion during and after the event. What are your powerful questions? Inspire us by sending them to strikingwashcomms@irc.nl.

Check out also our presentations from last year:
  1. Water Mascot in Yemen (Behaviour change communications). Michael Klingler, GTZ

  2. Injecting Glamour into Water and Sanitation (Marketing). Mark Charmer, Akvo

  3. Total Sanitation and Sanitation Marketing (Marketing). Christopher Walsh, WSP Tanzania

  4. Communications for Transparency and Accountability (Transparency & accountability). Alexandra Malmqvist & Ms Priya Behrens-Shah, Water Integrity Network (WIN)

  5. WASH UNITED (Advocacy). Virginia Roaf, WASH United

  6. Towards Effective Communication in the WASH Sector / Learning Alliance Model (Information & knowledge sharing). Brecht Mommen, SNV, and Brenda Achiro, NETWAS 

  7. Introduction to Striking WASH Communications in 2010, Nick Dickinson, IRC and Sören Bauer, pr audit

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Striking WASH Communication round 2: Urban Water in Depth


Are you interested in submitting a case? Click here.


Following the well attended and successful Striking WASH Communication event in Stockholm at the World Water Week 2010, we are coming back for round 2:
How has communication and information sharing led to improved water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in the urban context? Can media, marketing, public relations and advocacy make an impact? Can the impact be measured and, if so, how? What are the success stories and lessons learned from communication about WASH in cities, peri-urban areas and informal settlements?

This side event will present several case studies of water communications in the urban context. It aims to demonstrate how well-thought-through communication approaches and activities can contribute to increased awareness, changed behaviour and better water and sanitation management. It will provide an opportunity to gather ideas and practical tips from practitioners who will present their experience and analyse the elements that they believe contributed to their success. Discussion will focus on how best to evaluate advocacy and communications campaigns and how to gauge the contribution they make to overall programme impact.

The event will help to make the case for WASH communications as an important element of successful urban water management. It has potential interest for policy-makers, project managers, researchers, journalists and communication specialists. The overall objective is to provide a platform for sharing experience, gaining inspiration and developing ideas for future collaboration.


Are you interested in submitting a case? Click here.


Presentations at the Striking WASH Communication event are kept to very specific format in order to keep the session punchy and informative. It allows 5 minutes and the slides will be animated like a pecha kucha. Following the presentations, there is some time for discussions. The focus will be on creating an opportunity for networking and generating interest, while resources can be found on the blog with more in depth articles on each case and other references. In addition, the cases will be presented in the exhibition spaces through WaterCube.tv interviews and the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, WSSCC and UN-DPAC stands at the Stockholm World Water Week.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Striking WASH Communication 2010 event introduction

This presentation was given by Nick Dickinson, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, and Sören Bauer, pr audit in 2010 at the Stockholm World Water Week. A new event is being organised in 2011 on striking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) communication in urban areas with a particular focus on how to evaluate the quality of communication and its impact on WASH service delivery.