Thesis subject

The Frisian Urban Sanitation Programme in Mozambique 1

The Frisian Urban Sanitation Programme supports the Mozambican governmental goal of achieving 67% of improved sanitation in urban areas by the end of 2015.

How involve men in the decision to purchase improved sanitation

Different activities are implemented in close coordination with 8 municipalities such as visits on household level whereby the family is informed where latrines are sold, the costs of the purchase, etc. During the door to door visits it became clear that lack of money is not the main reason for not having improved sanitation. The main problem is that families give priority to other activities and issues such as hair extensions for the women, alcohol for the men, television, etc. The approach of visiting household seems to have one weakness. In the context of Southern and Central Moçambique, the husband is the head of the family. Men are thus decision makers and decide about purchases. During the ‘door to door’ visits mainly women respond; they are normally the ones that can be found in and around the house. Men are often active outside the house and difficult to find. Main question of this thesis assignment is how, where and with what arguments the Frisian Programme should approach men (as decision makers) of families that do not have improved sanitation.

The Frisian Sanitation Programme
The Frisian Sanitation Programme is a partnership of 4 Dutch organizations working in sanitation in Mozambique.

Start and duration
The start will be in June 2014. The field part of the study should take place before December 2014.

Xai-Xai, Mozambique.

Language requirements
Portuguees (or Spanish) is required.

The student will get a student allowance of the waterboard of Fryslan during stay in Mozambique.