20.09.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

Capacity building on sanitation service policy and management (guide in Portuguese - PDF only)

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This Guide was elaborated to serve as reference to capacity building on policies and management of sanitation services, that means it is dedicated to all people that, in some way, live with issues of sanitation in their everyday life: professionals that work with sanitation, public managers, technicians in this field, researchers, local advisers, community leaders that struggle for better quality of their everyday life, and citizens that wish to collaborate in building more just, democratic and healthy cities for all. Thus, the Guide is a tool that has the objective of helping to improve the access conditions and the quality of services in the field of sanitation in municipalities.

It is with pleasure that Vale Foundation, in partnership with UNESCO and the Ministry of Cities in Brazil (MCidades), shares this initiative.

New sanitation laws have been put into force in Brazil. This legislation has brought significant advancements on sanitation, but there is still the challenge to put into practice what has been established on paper in order to transform the reality for the better. The advancements basically consist on broadening the concept of sanitation. Now, it is understood as a joint service of water supply, sewage treatment, solid residue management, and urban pluvial water management. There was a time when sanitation meant only the harvesting of sewage and waste, or the idea of garbage trucks or open sewage. Drainage was almost forgotten because it was hidden under channels of stream waters, but would strongly reappear during floods and inundations destroying everything.

In this new concept of sanitation due to a historical social accomplishment, people are an element as important as water pipes, sewage systems, water storage containers, treatment stations or sanitation embankments. Thus, managing sanitation services depend on people working on planning, on regulation of services to the population, on inspection of the ones in charge, and especially on the community members that need to participate in public policies as citizens to influence the service management, the beneficiaries and the quality of sanitation provision in their municipality. In order to consolidate this advancement, it is clear that it is necessary to have collaboration among all people involved. For this reason, this Guide has the objective of gathering public managers, technicians, municipal advisers, and social leaderships in the same place for capacity building and knowledge sharing, and even more, to disseminate this knowledge.

Brasília: Fundação Vale, 2013. 5 v.

Volume titles - (PDFs in Portuguese - click on the titles for free download):

Capacitação em política e gestão dos serviços de saneamento básico: guia para qualificação de agentes locais. 94 p.
ISBN: 978-85-7652-078-8

Planejamento em saneamento básico: aspectos teórico-metodológico. 24 p.
Heller, Léo; Rezende, Sonaly

Plano Municipal de Saneamento Básico: processos e conteúdos. 12 p.
Campos, Heliana Kátia Tavares

Saneamento básico: integralidade dos serviços e intersetorialidade das políticas. 12 p.
Freitas, Izabel Cristina Chiodi de

Saneamento básico: política, marco legal e instrumentos de gestão dos serviços. 16 p.
Peixoto, João Batista




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