811308 Appropriate technologies for water supply & sanitation in developing countries

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Offered in
Sommersemester 2023
Languages of instruction


- Basic definition and consideration: technology, adaptation, socio-economic context in developing countries, sustainable development
- ´a journey to a development country´: visualization an discussion of reality
- attempt of a critical reflection

Instruments for appropriate planning and implementation
•System analysis, SWOT analysis
•Participative Rural Appraisal (PRA)
•Choice of Technology (WHO)
•PHAST Participatory Hygiene and Santiation Transformation (WHO)

Strategy development, Programme- and project development

Examples for technical implementation
- Water supply and sanitation in rural areas and rural growing centres
- Water related diseases: paths of transmission and possible intervention
- Sustainable Sanitation: concept and technology
- selected examples of implementation in partner countries of Austrian development cooperation: Uganda, Gaza Strip, Kenya, Mozambique

Studies for selected appropriate technologies

Literature, topics in the web, Discussion

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

- Basic knowledge of water supply and sanitation in developing countries
- Definition of technology and development, discussion of feasibility of change in the social context, critical reflection of technology transfer
- water supply & sanitation particularly in remote areas
- understanding of socio-economic and cultural framework for planning, implementing operation and maintenance of infrastructure and water resource management
- knowledge of instruments for social adjustment of technologies
- Spezifische Kenntnisse in der Planung und Umsetzung von siedlungswasserwirtschaftlichen Projekten in Entwicklungsländern
- specific knowledge in planning and implementation of water & sanitation projects in developing countries
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