Lessons Learned:

Formation and Training of Promoters

Overview & Objectives
Conceptual Framework
Replication Examples
Lessons Learned
  Formation and training of   promoters
  Support and extension work
  Educational tools
  Tech selection and financing
  Quality production
What else needs to be done?
  • It is valuable, from the very beginning, to compare the benefits and risks associated with a variety of sanitation options in order to improve the capacity for making informed decisions. An analysis should include critically examining the costs, benefits, and risks posed to human and environmental health by conventional systems (such as sewerage) as well as by different eco-san systems (such as composting).

  • The format of a three-day workshop, which included time for covering technical and methodological concepts, reporting, and problem solving worked well.

  • As the focus of this methodology is successful multiplication, regional promoters should (practice-) teach during the course's workshops.

  • Responsibilities of the regional promoters and coordinator should be clearly stated, and after thorough discussion, changed as necessary. Workshops should be followed by the promoters doing "homework" in the regions (e.g., replicating the methodology).

  • Each region should preferably send two local promoters for the training, to be teamed with a regional promoter. The advantage of this approach is that the intimate knowledge of local promoters (specifically of their area's social, environmental, and political characteristics) can be combined with the fresh perspective of the regional promoter, who contributes technical knowledge and popular education methodologies to the community. Also, the regional promoter is able to focus on the project of improved sanitation, while the commitment of local promoters is often compromised by other demands on their time.

  • Hold some workshops in the regions and/or send promoters/ participants to visit other regions.
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