Welcome to WEDC Online Courses

  • This introductory course has been designed for those new to working in development or disaster relief.

    Unit 1 explores important background issues surrounding development, disaster relief and poverty that will provide a foundation for the understanding of more detailed subjects such as the provision of water and sanitation.

    Unit 2 specifically examines the principles of excreta disposal. It considers the importance of environmental sanitation in general and in particular the disposal of excreta for improving the health and well being of poor people living in both rural and urban communities.

    Each unit takes approximately 1 hour to study excluding associated reading. A Certificate of Completion is awarded on successful completion of the unit assessments and completion of the course evaluation form. Payment of a registration fee of £10 is required for this course.

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  • This module was developed by by WEDC, IRC and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) under the DFID-funded WELL Resource Centre for Environmental Health (WELL) for internal use by its partner resource centres.

    This module is available for download free of cost.

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  • This WEDC self-paced online course has been designed in partnership with the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) of the World Bank to address important global challenges facing the water and sanitation sector. It features as a unit in the WEDC MSc programme 'Management of Water and Sanitation', but is also available free of charge here as a non-accredited professional development unit for WSP staff and others faced with the issues of scaling-up sanitation in rural areas throughout the developing world.

    Part 1 sets the challenge of scaling up rural sanitation in context, examining fundemental aspects of sanitation provision and the reasons why, hitherto, the goal of sanitation at scale has proved elusive.

    Part 2 examines the core theory of change for sustainable programmes. In particular it looks at the first two of three key components or 'pillars' required for change: the creation of demand and the supply chain.

    Part 3 continues to explore the core theory of change, focussing on the enabling environment. The unit concludes with a discussion of how the three pillars of change fit together and what steps are necessary to take an 'at scale' programme forward. This presentation runs for approximately 40 minutes excluding associated reading.

    Each section takes approximately 1 hour to study, excluding associated reading. A Certificate of Completion is awarded on successful completion of the unit assessment and completion of the course evaluation form.

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  • These modules are aimed at developing individuals’ soft skills. They were originally developed by by WEDC, IRC and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) under the DFID-funded WELL Resource Centre for Environmental Health (WELL) for internal use by its partner resource centres.

    Click here to access the course, or if you have not yet signed up for this course, click here to register.

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