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Aksansi's Field Trip to South Sulawesi

on 21 February 2014

The field trip in January/February 2014 to South Sulawesi was undertaken for three main purposes: Conduct monitoring in nine locations, facilitate the establishment of five new regional Aksansi branches and hold audiences with representatives from the Public Works Department (PU) in eightcities/regencies.

 

Monitorings were conducted in Kabupaten Barru, Kabupaten LuwuTimur, Kabupate Pinrang, Kabupaten Takalar and Kabupaten Soppeng where decentralised wastewater treatment systems were implemented in 2012. Monitorings help to assess the effectiveness of the treated wastewater, the existence of warranty issues and the use of the MCK. Furthermore, inquiring about social and institutional issues related to the operation and maintenance makes it possible to deepen the understanding about the current state of the plant, its reception in the community and amongst the users of the MCK. In most of the cases it was coupled with a Health Impact Evaluation (HIE) to be able to measure improvements in health related issues since the establishments of the plants.

Regional Aksansi Branches were established in Kabupaten Barru, Kota Pare-Pare, Kabupaten Pinrang, KabupatenTakalar and Kabupaten Soppeng. The elected representatives from the regional branches will enable the Aksansi Secretariat to obtain important information about the community based organisations (CBO) and the operation of the SANFAB and DEWATS in the region without requiring regular field trips from Yogyakarta. Furthermore, a first monitoring can be conducted by the regional branches directly and for future field trips undertaken by the Aksansi Sekretariat a local contact person will be available to facilitate the planning and organisation in the respective region.

In Kota Makassar, Kabupaten Takalar, Kabupaten Barru, Kabupaten LuwuTimur, Kota Pare-Pare, Kabupaten Pinrang, Kabupaten Maros and Kabupaten Soppeng audiences were held with regional representatives of the Dinas (local government bodies)of Public Works. The purpose was to establish first contacts with the local governments in regions where Aksansi is currently working. Information about ongoing actions in the field of sanitation was exchanged and the availability of funds on the local level for future projects discussed. An effective working relationship with the ministries of Public Works is crucial to ensure that sanitation is approached in an integrated way on the local level.