Workshop - Slippage of WASH services: 2nd Announcement & call for abstracts

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Access First Announcement on the India Water Portal Blog here:
Slippage of WASH Services
What it is about:
The main objectives of the workshop are to quantify the scale and extent of the challenge of "slippage ofWASH
services"and to increase the understanding of the main causes. Secondly the workshop is about disseminating the
results of the research and workshop, and scaling-up of good practices related to the WASH slippage challenge. The
workshop will build upon the experiences of both government and non-government organisations, using their
implementation and research programmes as context.

Timeframe

12 December 2008: Deadline for submission of abstracts
24 December 2008: Authors notified if abstracted accepted
1 February 2009: Deadline for submission of papers

First week of March, 2009: Workshop on Slippage ofWASH services

Background:
Since more than 5 years IRC and its partners in different parts of the world have taken a special interest in improving
the governance of water resources and water services. One recent initiative is the global 5-year WASHCost project,
for which CESS (Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad) is the lead partner in India. This project seeks to
contribute to improving the governance of WASH services with a focus on quantifying life-cycle costs of sustaining
these services. The overall aims being to develop improved participative planning approaches and decision-support
tools, which should lead to more cost-efficient, equitable and sustainable WASH service delivery.

Although little research has been carried out, it is likely that the so-called 'slippage' of the drinking water services
has a number of different causes. In addition to the general quality (e.g. fluoride and arsenic) and functionality
problems (power supply, seasonal) with the water sources, increasingly the competition for water and the
reallocation to other uses becomes an issue. Other causes can include: sub-standard quality and poor O&M as a
result of, for example, value for money problems; lack of proper support mechanisms; weak village institutions; and,
inadequate financing. Another major cause is that installed infrastructure is unable to meet ever increasing demand
in either time or space.

The workshop will be a first opportunity for practitioners and researchers with a special interest in the problem of
"slippage"ofWASH services to share their experiences and insights on the issue. For IRC andWASHCost it will be a
first opportunity to invite the widerWASH community to reflect on the impact of slippage on the life-cycle costs of
sustainable and prop-poor of WASH services.

For who:

Practitioners from the sector will be invited to participate by providing a research - or practice paper, which will be
an input that is discussed during the workshop. The aim being for a wide group of stakeholders to share experiences
and knowledge to build consensus on actions that are needed.

Outputs:

The main output of the workshop will be the learning between the different participants on the subject of 'slippage'
and related costs. A second output will be inputs for a common agenda to take the issue a step further.

More specifically the workshop will attract papers and produce discussions on subjects like:

- The scale and extent of slippage
- The costs of slippage or of certain aspects thereof
- The impact of slippage on the MDGs
- The definition and use of numbers in monitoring sustainability
- Practical methods on addressing slippage

Depending on the papers submitted, the workshop may separate the drinking water and sanitation sub-sector for
parts of the workshop.

The workshop is visualised to be the first major event in a longer term regional sharing and learning process that
seeks to contribute to the sustainability of drinking water and sanitation services, especially for the poor, in the
South Asia region. This longer-term process aims at contributing to the scaling up of proven good practices in the
drinking water sector and enter into the policy dialogue. WASHCost will provide an important learning platform.
National networks likeWes-Net India in India will be invited as they have a pivotal role in this longer-term learning
process.

Audience and format:

The workshop aims to bring together professionals from the WASH sector (drinking water supply, water resources,
sanitation, health&hygiene), particularly researchers, policy makers, practitioners and donors. It will follow a
combination of presentations of selected papers, and interactive sessions in which practical implications will be
discussed. The maximum number of participants is 40.

Call for abstracts:

The symposium will bring together lessons learnt from research and practice and therefore seeks two types of
papers:

- Research papers. These are papers that synthesise research and provide a critical analysis of (aspects of) the
problem of slippage inWASH services and/or suggestions to overcome the problem. The maximum length of
these papers is 5000 words.

- Practice papers. These are shorter papers that present experiences from the field with the problem of slippage
and ways of overcoming them. These are expected to provide a critical look at innovative implementation
practices. The maximum length of these papers is 2000 words.

Interested authors can submit abstracts. The abstract should be inWord format and include the following:
- Type of paper—research or practice
- Proposed title
- Name of author(s), including contact information for lead author
- Abstract of 250 words maximum

A format for papers will be provided to authors of selected abstracts. It will also be possible to submit a photo essay
instead of a written paper (guidelines to be provided. An abstract is still required and the same deadlines apply).
Abstracts and full papers will be reviewed by an editorial committee, made up of members of the networks of IRC
and the WASHCost project.

Location:

The workshop will be held at CESS, Hyderabad in India and is scheduled for the first week of March, 2009.

Further information and submission of abstracts: slippage-workshop-2009@googlegroups.com

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