Diploma in sustainable management of rural water and sanitation in the Cauca

In rural Colombia, the coverage in access to water is 73% and access to sewerage is 70%.

On 17 January, the diploma course in "Sustainable Management of Rural Water and Sanitation" offered by the Swiss Embassy in Colombia - Humanitarian Aid and Development (COSUDE) and its ASIR-SABA project will be launched with the support of the University of Cauca in Santander de Quilichao. 

In rural Colombia, the coverage in access to water is 73% and access to sewerage is 70%. This shows great challenges for the 32% of the Colombian population that lives in rural areas (HDR 2011). For this reason, the ASIR-SABA project has designed this diploma course to strengthen the capacities and competencies of community leaders, professionals and technicians in the self-management of water and sanitation for rural areas. The diploma will explore the sustainable management of rural water and sanitation through five training modules:

  1. Environmental conflicts. 
  2. Project Cycle
  3. Empowering local governance to guarantee community rights to water and sanitation
  4. Endogenous technologies in water, sanitation and solid waste
  5. Community self-management in rural water and sanitation systems 

In addition, the diploma course seeks to promote dialogue between community institutions on sustainable water and sanitation management, as well as with community processes in the territory. 

The diploma is free of charge and a total of 140 hours will be certified, of which 116 are classroom hours and some field trips, and 24 are independent work hours. The diploma course will be held on Fridays from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the University of Cauca de Santander headquarters in Quilichao. This diploma has certification for those who successfully complete the modules proposed by the University of Cauca. 

In this sense, ASIR-SABA invites the communities of Caloto, Santander de Quilichao and Corinto, in Cauca, as well as the institutions and organizations of the second level of the mentioned municipalities to participate in the diploma, since there are still places available for those interested. Come on! 

For more information, contact María Elena Pito of the PADF, a partner in the ASIR-SABA project, at 317 792 9957.