About us

What is SuSanA?

SuSanA is an informal network of people and organisations who share a common vision on sustainable sanitation and who want to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG6.

SuSanA came into existence in early 2007. It is a platform for coordination and collaborative work. It is a community of people with diverse expertise and opinions, that can be a sounding board for members’ ideas. Through joint publications, meetings and initiatives SuSanA contributes to policy dialogue.

The SuSanA website with its library, project database and discussion forum is an important resource for anyone wanting to explore the possibilities of sustainable sanitation.

SuSanA is not an organisation, but rather a loose network of partner organisations and individuals working along the same lines towards sustainable sanitation. Everyone contributes at their own expense.

Our overall goal is to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (in particular SDG 6) by promoting sustainable sanitation systems which take into consideration all dimensions of sustainability. Learn more about our definition of sustainable sanitation here.

The secretariat is currently carried out by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in Eschborn, Germany. More about the setup of SuSanA is explained here.

Joining SuSanA

SuSanA is open to anyone who wants to join and be active in the promotion of sustainable sanitation systems. This can be in the form of being an indivual member of SuSanA or as a representative of an organisation, thus making the organisation into a formal SuSanA partner. 

You can join our network, contribute your ideas and become active in one of the thematic working groups. Learn more about our vision and the way we work here.

Our Frequently Asked Questions page will be able to answer further questions you might have.

How we work

SuSanA’s most important assets are the knowledge, experience, creativity and energy of a large and diverse membership. We focus on all the different dimensions of sustainable sanitation and the full spectrum of development contexts. SuSanA provides its members forums for discussion and analysis, structures to support collaboration, and a range of channels for effective communication.

SuSanA strives to be a true partnership, in which all members can have a voice and can all contribute. New members and organisational partners are welcome. Decision-making is achieved through reaching a broad consensus. Interactions within our network are creative, respectful and constructive.

SuSanA is guided by the Sustainable Development Goals. We provide policy advice, practical guidance and up to date knowledge about how to realise sustainable sanitation for all.

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Sanitation events

SuSanA newsmail

Stay informed about the activities of SuSanA and its partners. The SuSanA news mail is sent out around four times per year and contains information about news, events, new partners, projects, discussions and publications of the SuSanA network.

SuSanA partners are welcome to send us news items for inclusion in the SuSanA news mails.

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Latest tweets mentioning SuSanA

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What's new? Recording from last SuSanA meeting available

The last SuSanA meeting (the 24th one!) took place in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday 26 August 2017 prior to the Stockholm World Water Week. 

The meeting had a live stream for everyone to attend remotely.

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Resources and publications

Our library has more than 2300 publications, factsheets, presentations, drawings etc. from many different organisations. It continues to grow thanks to the contributions from our partners.

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The three links below take you to special groups of items in the library for more convenient access:


The project database contains nearly 400 sanitation projects of many different organizations dealing with research, implementation, advocacy, capacity development etc. Advanced filtering functions and a global map are also available. Information on how and why this database was created is here.

People working for SuSanA partners can add their own projects through their partner profile page. You might need your SuSanA login upgraded for this purpose. Please contact us if you would like to add a project.

Trainings, conference and events materials

Missed important sanitation events? Catch up with their materials kindly provided by SuSanA partners.

Regional chapters

Use the map or the search tool to access the most relevant information and knowledge products for your region or country. This includes relevant resources, events, partners or projects.

Shit flow diagrams (SFDs), excreta flow diagrams

Shit flow diagrams (SFDs) help to visualize excreta management in urban settings. Access SFDs and more through the SFD Portal.




Discussion forum

Share knowledge, exchange experiences, discuss challenges, make announcements, ask questions and more. Hint: Your discussion forum login is the same as your SuSanA login. More about the forum's philosophy »

Integrated content

We are hosting content from some other communities of practice and information-sharing portals. This section also provides a link to SuSanA's Sanitation Wikipedia initiative.

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SuSanA partners

Learn more about current SuSanA partners, and sign up to become a partner organization (if your organization is eligible). This way you can show your support for SuSanA's vision and mission and fully utilise the platform's functionalities. See FAQs for more details.

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SuSanA meetings

Individual membership

Register as an individual member of SuSanA free of charge. As a member you can interact with thousands of sanitation enthusiasts on the discussion forum.  You can also get engaged in one of our 13 working groups. Our FAQs explain the benefits further.

By getting a SuSanA login you can fully participate in the SuSanA community!

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