Education and Training

Area Lead: Dr Jon Pocock



Lead organisation

Brief Description

2022 – 2024

WASH R&D Centre

The purpose of this project is to develop a cost-effective mark scheme for the certification of NSSS against SANS 30500, identify in-country laboratories with the capacity to provide testing against the entire standard, and test at least one Class 1 and one Class 2 NSSS under the proposed mark scheme to identify any other barriers to NSSS systems achieving certification in South Africa and provide potential solutions going forward.

2019 – 2025

IHE Delft

Establishment of a taught MSc in Sanitation at UKZN based upon the IHE Delft materials.

2017 – 2018

IHE Delft

This project made use of the FSM on-line course developed by IHE Delft and the Global Faecal Sludge Management e-Learning Alliance in 2016. This project aimed to re-run the course (with some modifications), and to investigate how the course could be incorporated into the UKZN curriculum.

2017 – 2018

IHE Delft

Development and production of five educational videos on a range of topics including academic-municipal partnerships, sanitation technology field-testing, black soldier fly larvae treatment of faecal sludge, health and safety around faecal sludge and the value of social research in sanitation.

2016 –  2019

WASH R&D Centre (as the PRG)

Specialists in the field of pumping were brought together to two workshops to discuss the development of innovative pit emptying devices.

2016 – 2018

Kansas State University

This research projects aims to bring five US students, recruited from groups including those under-represented in the sciences, to the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban, South Africa every boreal summer to conduct research on a wide range of environmental engineering topics related to resource and energy recovery from wastewater, new perspectives on wastewater treatment, and sustainable sanitation in under-served communities.

2015 – 2016

IHE Delft

This course was designed and run under a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded project: Stimulating Local Innovation on Sanitation for the Urban Poor in sub-Saharan Africa and South‐East Asia, aiming at: i) Stimulation of local innovation on sustainable sanitation for the urban poor through research; ii) Strengthening the sanitation sector in developing countries through education and training. The FSM OLC was run in South Africa by the Pollution Research Group as one of the partners under the  Global Faecal Sludge Management e-Learning Alliance.

2014 – 2018

WASH R&D Centre (as the PRG)

Equipment and health and safety modifications to the PRG facilities to increase capacity to support sanitation practitioners.

2013 – 2016


Bremen Overseas Research & Development Association (BORDA) and the WASH R&D Centre (as the PRG) have been collaborating on sanitation projects since 2007, when the Centre was tasked by BORDA to direct its scientific activities on decentralised sanitation systems worldwide. Currently, Centre, eThekwini Water and Sanitation, and BORDA are investigating the viability of a modularised DEWATS for on-site waterborne sanitation and the usefulness of the treated water for agriculture. A DEWATS plant was built in Newlands-Mashu for technical evaluation as part of a Memorandum of Understanding between EWS and BORDA signed in 2009.

1995 – 1996

WASH R&D Centre (as the PRG)

This project funded the creation of an internet “gateway” to information on water and sanitation known as INTERWATER.

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