A quarter of Cambodia’s population live in more challenging geographical and environmental conditions such as regions prone to flooding, ground water contamination and hard rock areas, where conventional sanitation designs have proven unsuccessful.
In 2014, EWB Australia identified that appropriate technical solutions for Sanitation in Challenging Environments (SCE) was a niche area of need in the WASH sector. In collaboration with partner organisations in Cambodia, EWBA began the SCE initiative to promote knowledge sharing, mobilise sector actors, build capacity of implementing partners and drive innovation to contribute to WASH sector program effectiveness to achieve sanitation access in challenging environments.
EWBA, EWBNZ and Live and Learn have formed a partnership to build on a strong foundation of past experience, partnerships and momentum within the WASH sector around this issue in Cambodia and expand to other countries in the Pacific. This will be supported through several EWB programmes, including the SCE initiative and the EWB Challenge 2017.
EWBNZ field professional Matt King was appointed as the SCE Project Facilitator and Technical Mentor. He will work with the current Cambodian based facilitators to explore the expansion and application of the learnings and knowledge into the Pacific region, as well as supporting the EWB Challenge programme.
You can read more about Matt's placement in his blogs here.