In the News

Further refinements to the FSM Toolbox to help address faecal sludge management (FSM) concerns

18 July 2018

 FSM Toolbox, developed with the Asian Institute of Technology and other partners, contains a number of tools, case studies and resources aimed at various sector stakeholders and along various components of the sanitation supply chain, and designed to assist the sanitation sector with planning, financial preparation, status assessment, etc. of sanitation/FSM related projects.

While the Toolbox provides a wide array of tools, its uptake among users remains relatively low owing to challenges associated with generating/providing the required data inputs, a complex navigation interface and low awareness on the critical functionalities offered by the tool. To overcome these barriers and improve the FSM Toolbox, a technical secretariat has been formed, which includes Emanti. The goals of the technical secretariat are to:

a) Present a set of practical recommendations (quick wins) to overcome user concerns that are design/content related on current functionalities offered in the FSM toolbox
b) Identify a set of key clients (across user categories) in South-East Asia, India, Senegal and South Africa. Map entry points for the toolbox in each of these contexts and initiate the process of embedding the toolbox in these user-contexts
c) Point to critical functionality gaps in tool and non-tool resources within the toolbox and identify smart ways of filling the functionality gaps

Phase 1 of achieving the above goals included the development of a number of strategies including: (i) mapping the quality of the data-ecosystem to support tool-box roll out in South Africa, (ii) developing a preliminary shortlist of potential tool-box users, (iii) assisting in creation of guides for consultations with toolbox-users, (iv) conducting consultations with identified shortlisted possible end-users in South Africa, and (v) developing detailed end-user profiles.

In general, the feedback indicated that the interviewed stakeholders were not aware of the toolbox, and that significant scope therefore existed to introduce and increase uptake of the FSM toolbox in South Africa. In order to ensure sustainable use of FSM toolbox, a number of way forward actions were identified, which will prioritised in phase 2 of this initiative.

Emanti believe that the FSM Toolbox can fulfil a real need in South Africa, and assist Water Services Authorities and other parties to improve their current faecal sludge management related practices/processes. Furthermore, we are excited by the capacity building and training opportunities afforded by the FSM Toolbox. These efforts would support South Africa’s desire to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

If you would like to find out more about eh FSM Toolbox and/or would like to get involved, please contact us.

« Back to News posted on 18 July 2018 To Latest News »
How much water does it take to...
To grow one kilogram of wheat needs 1300 litres of water - The Water Wheel September/October 2010
How much water does it take to...
To produce one litre of milk requires 1000 litres of water - The Water Wheel Sept/Oct 2010
What's on your mind?
Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much - Helen Keller
How much water does it take to...
One kilogram of maize requires 900 litres of water - The Water Wheel Sept/Oct 2010
What's on your mind?
"Izandla ziyagenzana - People depend on one another, just like the mutual interdependence in the act of hand washing" Zulu parable
What's on your mind?
"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships" Michael Jordan
Your Water Footprint
Close the tap when shaving or brushing your teeth. You can save up to 45 liters of water!
What's on your mind?
"Ubukulu abubangwa - A man is judged by his actions, not his boasting" Xhosa saying
What's on your mind?
"Action is the foundational key to all success" Pablo Picasso
How much water does it take to...
It takes 4650 litres of water for one steak (300g) - The Water Wheel Sept/Oct 2010
How much water does it take to...
More than 140 litres of water goes into every cup of coffee - The Water Wheel September/October 2010
A dripping tap can waste up to 30 liters of water an hour, wasting 10 000 liters of water per year!

Contact Us

General Contact Details

Tel: +27 (0)21 8802932
Fax: +27 (0)86 5710609

Send us an enquiry »

Subscribe to Newsletter