Water & Sanitation in Rural & Peri-Urban

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2-Day Water and Sanitation: Challenges and Solutions in Rural and Peri-Urban Areas

Over 600 million people live in rural and peri-urban areas of developing countries in life and health threatening sanitary conditions in homes and neighbourhoods. Peri-urban areas are areas that have inferior infrastructure, low incomes, uncertain land and high-population density. These have resulted in low levels of sanitation services.

Rural and peri-urban areas present unique challenges to municipal authorities, which find themselves overwhelmed with the growing number of these communities and their sanitary and health needs, which far outstrip the lack of capacity to address this growing issue.

Lack of adequate water and sanitation solutions represents a threat to public health and the environment of peri-urban and urban areas.

The 2 day training aims to raise capacity of municipalities, communities, NGOs, public organisations, local authorities and government organisations to identity and provide solutions to improve water and sanitation in rural and peri-urban areas.

The training will introduce to you the most advanced tools and techniques available to attain equitable access to water and sanitation and will instruct you on how to employ them in participatory interventions with national and local stakeholders. You will learn about:

  • Key attributes of the Protocol on Water and Health, Sustainable Development Goals in context of small scale water and sanitation systems;
  • Key elements of equitable access to drinking water and sanitation in rural and peri-urban areas, supplied by small-scale systems;
  • Challenges facing small-scale water supply and sanitation systems;
  • Policies, procedures and solutions to address inequities to access water and sanitation;
  • Policies, procedures and solutions to address challenges in small-scale water supply and sanitation systems;
  • How to address the most common challenges of small-scale water and sanitation systems, primarily in rural areas.
  • Institutional and governance factors associated with small-scale water and sanitation systems, particularly in rural areas; and
  • Training of trainers and community members: guidelines on how to prepare and deliver successful training tailored to the needs of your future audience.

By applying the acquired knowledge, provided tools and practical solutions to your local contexts you will be able to better understand, solve and plan issues around small–scale water and sanitation systems.

How does the online aspect work?

This accelerated training combines online learning with an intensive online  group workshop, through an online classroom. You will receive the link to the classroom with all the necessary materials.

Information on each topic is provided, together with a range of activities designed to support the learning where you will be able to LEARN BY DOING through asking questions, participating discussions, practical exercises and listening to the trainer’s instructions and best case practices.

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Who will benefit?

  • Consultants and experts working or looking to work in the water sector
  • Professionals who work in the water sector or have projects related to
  • Municipalities, councils and other government organisations
  • For those who work in nonprofit, civil society, community-based organisations
  • Programme and project managers, administrators, coordinators and other professionals  who work on water-related or community-based projects
  • For those who work or wish to get involved in addressing the growing water challenge


David Lyth is a water, waste and  environmental consultant with 25 years of professional experience in the water sector and environmental management in central, eastern and western Europe, the Middle East/Gulf, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. He holds a MSc Environmental Resources Planning from University of Aberdeen, UK.

During his professional career, he has directed, managed and contributed to a wide range of projects in the water sector, having worked in the UK water industry (Northumbrian Water-Suez) for eight years, covering projects in policy, strategy and infrastructure development across UK, Ireland, Egypt, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and Bangladesh. Since then, he has focused on programming and project preparation of WASH projects mainly across central and eastern Europe, Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. He also recently advised on the implementation of the Lusaka Sanitation Program, Zambia and on behalf of the EU Delegation, and the programming of the Albanian water sector, which included components on both integrated water resources management and wastewater management. He also has extensive knowledge and experience of working with IFIs and donors, including ADA, AfDB, Commonwealth Secretariat, DfID, EIB, EBRD, EU, KfW, SECO, SIDA, UN and the World Bank

Mr. Lyth has directed, managed and contributed to the development, preparation and review of integrated water (and wastewater) strategies and feasibility studies. These have included major infrastructure investment projects in the UK, Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania, Montenegro, Serbia, including the 200 million British Pound Tees Estuary wastewater scheme; Budapest wastewater treatment scheme, Sofia integrated water and waste water scheme and number of integrated water supply and wastewater management investments in Montenegro and Serbia.

He is also a registered evaluator of UN and IFI/donor programmes and projects in the water and environmental sectors, and has recently evaluated an UNECE programme on equitable access to water and sanitation.

He is an experience and skilled trainer, having managed the training components of institutional strengthening programmes for Ministries of Environment in Lithuania and Bulgaria and the Municipal Infrastructure Support Programme in Serbia. During these programmes, he delivered training in water supply, wastewater management, water resources, environmental awareness, project preparation, financing of municipal and environmental infrastructure to a number of beneficiaries and stakeholders at governmental, public utility company and environmental NGO levels.  He delivered trainings at a number of Irish-Bulgarian environmental events, including a as guest lecturer on a visit by the Irish President to Bulgaria. More recently, he directed a capacity development programme (20 training courses) for the Ministry of Environment in Turkey, which delivered multi trainings in a number of disciplines to strengthen Ministry capacity when planning, preparing and implementing water and waste investment projects. Overall, he has managed and delivered over 150 training courses targeting over 1,000 local and national officials. He has also organised and conducted study tours for national and local government officials on water and environmental issues to Ireland, Lithuania and Portugal.

Mr Lyth is currently operating from Warsaw, Poland as an international independent consultant in water and environmental management, WASH, project preparation, evaluation and capacity building and training.

Register for the training

  • Up to 15 places are available, register 14 days before the start of the training date.
  • Training fee: $175
  • As soon as you have registered, you will receive a pre-training questionnaire.
  • You will receive a link to the virtual classroom to which you will be able to log into on the training day.
  • Prior to the start date of the training, you will also receive handouts, resources and other material that you will need.

 Limited spaces are available for our virtual training. Book now or register below to be notified of the next available dates.