November 16, 2016

benbi 2016: flight, migration and toiletised world – where to go on the run?

This year the GTO was part of the Berlin Development-Policy Education Programme (benbi) for the 6th time and conducted workshops with different groups of students. Following the slogan “Toiletised world – where to go on the run?” they were able to inform themselves interactively about the topic of flight and migration in connection with sanitation:


Why are toilets in refugee camps important? Are toilets important to me personally? What does an aid organization have to be aware of if it is building toilets in refugee camps?


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November 01, 2016

WASH Tech Day

Last week not only the WASH Network Meeting took place in Berlin, but also a new event format, the
WASH Tech Day.

7 suppliers in the field of Humanitarian aid and water supply presented themselves and their technologies. The idea was to encourage a critical discussion and a dialog between supplier and implementing organisations.  


The day is part of a strategic portfolio of activities developed in close cooperation between the German WASH Network and the German Federal Foreign Office.

October 31, 2016

Regional Workshop ASIA

In October the Regional WASH Workshop ASIA took place in Rangun, Mynamar.

It was an intense and interesting week and we would like to thank all participants from 9 different countries, as well as our local host arche noVa e.V..


With the Regional WASH Workshop series, the German WASH Network aims at strengthening local WASH disaster preparedness and response capacities of members organisations and their local partners in the 3 target regions Africa, Asia and Middle East.


It is part of a strategic portfolio of activities developed in close cooperation between German WASH Netzwerk and German Federal Foreign Office and is organised and conducted by Malteser International, Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V., arche noVa e.V. and German Toilet Organization.


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October 14, 2016

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Demonstration on the occasion of World Food Day

On October 14, 2016 the GTO and around 100 Berlin pupils called attention to the World Food Day (October 16) and showed why toilets can combat hunger and save lives.

With the demonstration at the symbolic place of the world time clock on the Alexanderplatz in Berlin the pupils with placards and self-made exhibits explained passers-by the serious influence of missing toilets also on the global hunger.


We would like to thanks all persons involved.


The action is part of the "Klobalisierte Welt" project, which is made possible through means of Engagement Global on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and by the Landesstelle für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit des Landes Berlin. We also thank the CWS-boco ( for the long-term support

September 10 - September 11, 2016

Lollapalooza 2016
The self-made TippyTap


Also in 2016 the GTO was part of the Lollapalooza festival at Treptow Park on September, 10-11 in Berlin. Over 70,000 people visited the festival. Many of them were interested in work of the GTO, presented at a booth in the "Green Neighbourhood". The visitors took action and supported the photo campaign - Sanitation is Dignity. Another highlight was the self-made TippyTap, a mobile hand wash station with soap, which was used with enthusiasm, at tropical temperatures this day.

August 28 - September 02, 2016

WASH in Emergencies Course in Dresden

From 29th of August until the 2nd of September the WASH in Emergencies Intensive Course: Water supply in emergency took place in Dresden. In cooperation with arche nova e.V. and the GTO topics of hydrogeology, water quality, well drilling and cross-cutting issues such as gender and inclusion in the water sector were covered. Participants were also able to apply their new-found knowledge in the field of water testing and material customer directly in practice. We thank all participants and arche nova e.V. for the exciting days.

The Course is an initiative of the German WASH Network in cooperation with the Federal Foreign Office and is developed and conducted by the German Toilet Organization arche noVa e.V., and BORDA.

August 28 - September 02, 2016

World Water Week Stockholm
Thilo Panzerbieter at the SWA Panel Discussion

The Stockholm World Water Conference in 2016 is over, it was an interesting and exciting event for the GTO.

As a member of the WASH network, the GTO was intensively involved in the preparation and design of three sessions.

The first one aimed to advance the thematic interface between WASH and Nutrition on an international level. In another session was shown how local markets can contribute to WASH needs in humanitarian aid. Moreover, the sustainability crisis in the WASH sector has been discussed in third event.


SWA Steering Committee Panel Discussion

The Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) Partnership conducted a multi-stakeholder dialogue at Stockholm World Water Week. Topic of discussion was the follow-up for the sanitation, water and hygiene-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goal 6. Beside ministers from Ethiopia and Tanzania (also Chair of AMCOW) the panel consisted of representatives from the private sector, civil society and the World Bank. Thilo Panzerbieter (Executive Director GTO), as a civil society SWA Steering Committee Member, stressed the importance of linking water and sanitation with other SDGs. He spoke in detail about the opportunities for global platforms to provide guidance to countries at this critical time – with the recent introduction of the new global agenda 2030. As an example he highlighted the progressing collaboration between SWA and the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement.


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June 13 - June 18, 2016

"WASH Essentials: Latrine Construction in Emergencies" Workshop


For the first time, the GTO and the THW organised the workshop "WASH Essentials: Latrine Construction in Emergencies" at the THW-Bundesschule Neuhausen from the 13th- 18th of June 2016. With the theoretical knowledge and the help of practical examples, the participants successfully built and planned toilets for three different emergency scenarios. The GTO as well as the participants of the workshop were thrilled about the great communication and are looking forward to further collaborations.



June 15, 2016



Toilets for Nutrition



Key players from across the world come together for the 10th anniversary of the European Development Days.


As part of the WASH Netzwerk the GTO is looking forward to the session "Toilets for Nutrition" at the ‪‎European Development Days‬. Pushing forward the ‪SDG6‬ with our partners Action contre la Faim (France), WaterAid UK and the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement.


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May 30 - June 03, 2016



IFAT 2016 - World's Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management

As part of the project "Toiletised World", the GTO participated at the World's Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management (IFAT) from the 30.05. until the 03.06.2016.

In these five
days, the GTO spoke with many visitors about the global sanitation crisis. To improve that situation with sustainable approaches, the GTO executes development engagement projects at schools in Berlin. Global learning as well as sustainable development were issues that we brought to the visitors.


May 01, 2016



WASH e-paper 5 WASH and Nutrition

The fifth issue of the WASH ePaper is devoted to the topic "WASH and Nutrition" and is a followup document to the Bonn WASH Nutrition Forum (the Forum), which took place in November 2015  in  Bonn,  Germany.  Linking WASH  and  nutrition  has  globally  gained  momentum.  Strong scientific evidence on the relationship of poor WASH conditions and nutritional implications have emerged  over  the  past  years.  Numerous  countries  already  acknowledge the  importance  of adequate WASH in their nutrition strategies and call for WASH interventions to be scaled up along with nutrition actions. Beyond that, the German WASH Network and a broad coalition of renowned partners  campaign globally  for  better  collaboration between  WASH  and  nutrition  actors.  The current issue provides an overview of the current state of discussion and presents the results and recommendations from the Bonn WASH Nutrition Forum.


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April 21, 2016



Zukunftstour 2016 in the Berliner Radialsystem

"Agenda 2030 - Berlin makes future. Innovation and digital transformation as an engine for sustainable development". This year's Zukunftstour took place in Berlin on April 21, 2016 at Radialsystem. The Minister for Development, Dr. Gerd Müller, launched the Zukunftscharta in 2014, to raise awareness for the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals which were defined in 2015.


The GTO presented its education programme "Toiletised World" as part of the Global Learning aspect of the event. Participants played an entertaining and exciting toilet memory game to learn about cultural diversity and the various types of toilets around the world. Additionally, the visitors engaged in the Sanitation-is Dignity campaign and were photographed with their "revolootionary" message at the photo booth. On the information board they could deepen their knowledge about the sanitation crisis. 



March 08, 2016



English subtitles are available in the video setup



"Toiletized World": Flashmob at the Berlin Central Station on World Womens Day 2016

On the occasion of International Women's Day March 8, 2016 Berlin pupils and the German Toilet Organization (GTO) staged an unexpected scene at the Washington Square in front of Berlin Central Station. In the focus of the flashmob were two toilet stalls, one for women, and one for men. With a disproportionately long queue in front of the ladies - a well-known image - the pupils drew attention to the lack of gender equality in front of the loo.


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Pupils of the Ruetli School in Berlin-Neukoelln and Fritz-Reuter-School from Berlin-Hohenschoenhausen participated in the project. The project is financially supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Landesstelle für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit (LEZ) by the State of Berlin. ECOtoiletten kindly provided toilets. CWS-boco is a long term supporter of this and other GTO projects.



February 03,2016



Advanced Seminar: Sustainable Sanitation in Developing and Emerging Countries

The Advanced Seminar: Sustainable Sanitation in Developing and Emerging Countries was held in Karlsruhe on 29th to 30th of January 2016


Participants were given a deeper insight into sanitary technologies, non-technical accompanying measures, current approaches to planning and project examples. In group work and discussions, the participants were able to apply acquired knowledge and learned from the experiences of the other participants.
Thanks to everyone for their participation and sharing their personal experiences.


Engenieers Without Borders were so kind to support the GTO logistically on site.

The seminar was sponsored by ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL on behalf of BMZ.


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January 20,2016



Impressions from the seminar on sustainable sanitation in emergencies and reconstruction situations

From 15th to 16th of January our seminar on sustainable sanitation in emergencies and reconstruction situations took place in Muenster.


The topics included basics about sanitation in emergency assistance, operation and maintenance of different sanitation solutions, socio-cultural aspects as well as special features and importance of hygiene promotion.

Our agenda was enriched by exciting reports of Michael Wolf (Austrian Red Cross) who gave the participants a practical inside view to the field of sanitation and hygiene promotion in emergencies (Philippines, Haiti).


Many thanks to all participants for their motivated group works, their interesting inputs and suggestions as well as to the regional group of Engineers Without Borders Muenster helping out with the organisational part.


The seminar was funded by Engagement Global on behalf of  Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.


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