Webinar: Designing for Sustainability | Bringing Citywide Inclusive Sanitation to Debre Birhan, Ethiopia

The USAID Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership (SWS) held a webinar on March 28, 2019 to discuss efforts to improve sanitation infrastructure and service delivery in the rapidly growing town of Debre Birhan in Ethiopia.

SWS is working with local actors in Debre Birhan to strengthen the local system for sanitation service delivery, along with the World Bank, which is providing substantial new sanitation infrastructure investment as part of its Ethiopia Second Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project. The timing of the two projects provides an opportunity to work toward achieving citywide inclusive sanitation, a comprehensive approach that focuses on the entire sanitation service chain, from containment to end-use or disposal.

The presenters discussed how the two projects are collaborating to design for sustainability by addressing critical elements such as technology, finance, regulation, environment, social aspects, and institutional arrangements for improved delivery of sanitation services in Debre Birhan.


Gulilat Birhane EshetuGulilat Birhane Eshetu | World Bank

Gulilat Birhane Eshetu has extensive experience in the water sector, specifically on water supply and sanitation project preparation, appraisal, and implementation. He is currently an urban sanitation consultant at the World Bank, where he leads technical assistance, preparation, and monitoring of investment projects.


Lucia HenryLucia Henry | Tetra Tech

Lucia Henry is a water and sanitation (WASH) professional with a background in market-based approaches and Human Centred Design (HCD) in sanitation and health, and integration of hygiene and health interventions. Lucia has extensive international experience working with community-based organizations, government departments, local and international NGOs.


Daniel HollanderDaniel Hollander | University of Colorado, Boulder

Daniel Hollander is a Senior Professional Research Assistant and Deputy Director of the University of Colorado-led SWS Learning Partnership. He has been working on international water and infrastructure challenges, as well as water resources management initiatives for over ten years.