COFER-WASH: Consortium for Education and Research in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
About the project
The COFER-WASH cluster is a new collaborative network of seven academic institutions in Switzerland (Eawag-Sandec, UNIBAS-Swiss TPH, UNINE, FHNW, FHO, PHZG and SUPSI) each active in the sector of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) since decades, both in the education and the research sectors. The added values of this COFER are the representation of different linguistic areas of Switzerland (German, French and Italian), the coverage of all different types of Swiss academic institutions and their respective educational and practical expertise related to WASH both in Switzerland and in developing countries.The South Partners of the Consortium are in Ethiopia (Jimma University) and in the Ivory Coast (Centre Suissse de Recherches Scientifiques).
Access to clean water and improved sanitation are preconditions to survival and good health of people and thus critical to sustainable development. Educational approaches of good quality, taking into account local habits and prior knowledge of students and well-connected to local curricula play an important role in conveying relevant knowledge and skills in the field of WASH.
Head of COFER
Prof Dr Claudio Valsangiacomo
Head of Centre for Development and Cooperation
University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI)