Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

This is a compilation of frequently asked questions about the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA). If your question hasn't been answered, please post it on the SuSanA forum or contact us.

 

About the SuSanA network

What is SuSanA?

Is SuSanA an organisation?

What are the goals and objectives of SuSanA?

What is the structure of SuSanA?

How does SuSanA take decisions?

How are SuSanA documents endorsed by the partners?

When did SuSanA start?

Who is managing the secretariat of SuSanA?

What are the roles and functions of the SuSanA secretariat?

How is SuSanA financed?

Are any sponsorships available from SuSanA?

We need funding. Can SuSanA provide us with funding?

Tools that the SuSanA network is offering

Does SuSanA offer or have job vacancies?

What can I find on the SuSanA website?

My internet connection is slow, how can I get information material offline?

What are the communication channels of SuSanA?

What is the SuSanA discussion forum?

Technical questions

I want to construct toilets. Where can I find information?

Is sustainable sanitation the same as ecosan?

FAQs for people who want to become a member or for organisations who want to become a partner

How does my organisation benefit from being a partner?

Which ways do I have to join SuSanA?

As an individual (without representing a specific organisation), can I join SuSanA?

What are the criteria to apply as a SuSanA partner?

Is there a registration fee to become a partner or member of SuSanA?

Who are the partners of SuSanA and how many are there?

FAQs for existing members and partner organisations

Who is in the SuSanA core group, what does it do and can I also join it?

I am new to a working group, what can I do?

How do I contact the working groups?

I have joined as a member/partner and would like to volunteer… what can I do?

I forgot my login or password, how can I retrieve it?

How can I change my registered e-mail address in the login area?

About the SuSanA network

What is SuSanA?

SuSanA is an informal network of partner organisations who share a common vision on sustainable sanitation. SuSanA came into existence in early 2007 and works as a coordination platform, working platform, sounding board, contributor to the policy dialogue on sustainable sanitation and as a “catalyst”. At the present time, the secretariat function is carried out by GIZ (German International Cooperation) in Eschborn, Germany. Participation is open to those who want to join and be active in the promotion of sustainable sanitation systems. SuSanA invites international, regional and local organisations to join the network, contribute ideas, and to become active in the thematic working groups. Learn more about our mission and the vision that drives us.

Is SuSanA an organisation?

No, SuSanA is not an organisation, but rather a loose network of partner organisations and individuals working along the same lines towards sustainable sanitation. 

What are the goals and objectives of SuSanA?

The overall goal of SuSanA is to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs and beyond by promoting sanitation systems which take into consideration all aspects of sustainability. The objectives are detailed here.

What is the structure of SuSanA?

The structure of SuSanA consists of SuSanA's partner organisations, working groups, core group, individual members and the secretariat. All partner organisations contribute their work and resources to the network at their own expense. SuSanA has two large meetings per year (one in the global North and one in the global South) and also organises side events at major conferences. Learn more about our governance structure.

How does SuSanA take decisions?

All decisions about SuSanA to date were taken within the SuSanA meetings and are documented in the minutes of the meetings which can be downloaded from the website here. Since mid 2008, we have a SuSanA core group which can also take operational decisions outside of the general meeting dates. Refer to the governance structure section for more insights into how decisions are taken.

How are SuSanA documents endorsed by the partners?

All final draft documents are circulated amongst the partners and members by the SuSanA secretariat for final comments. Partner organisations that do not agree with a certain document should give a brief feedback on their points of disagreement. 

When did SuSanA start?

Motivated by the UN’s decision to declare 2008 as the International Year of Sanitation (IYS), GIZ together with several other organisations took the initiative to form a task force to contribute to the promotion and up-scaling of sustainable sanitation. In January 2007, a first meeting in Eschborn, Germany, resulted in a large number of commitments by the participants from various organisations (see minutes of the first meeting here), and in drawing up a first draft of a "joint road map for the promotion of sustainable sanitation in IYS 2008".

In order to have a joint label for the planned activities, and to be able to align with other potential initiatives, the group gave itself the name "Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA)".

Who is managing the secretariat of SuSanA?

As agreed in the 5th SuSanA meeting in Durban in 2008, GIZ is responsible for carrying out the secretariat function of SuSanA. Click here for some insights. If you are a SuSanA partner organisation and are interested in being active in the SuSanA secretariat, please contact the SuSanA secretariat.

What are the roles and functions of the SuSanA secretariat?

The SuSanA secretariat facilitates and coordinates the organisation and development of SuSanA. The main functions of the SuSana secretariat are to prepare or support the preparation of SuSanA meetings, to network with the working groups and working group leads, facilitate the development of the SuSanA website and diverse publications and to manage the SuSanA partners. Learn more about the secretariat and the governance structure.

How is SuSanA financed?

SuSanA is an open network based on voluntary contributions and has no legal structure. It has also no separate budget and does not provide funding. Organisations which host SuSanA meetings may obtain financial support from other SuSanA partners.

Are any sponsorships available from SuSanA?

There are no SuSanA sponsorships available, but some partners do offer travel sponsorships for individuals to be able to participate in SuSanA meetings.

We need funding. Can you provide us with funding?

SuSanA does not provide funding as it is not an organisation, just a network. Some of SuSanA´s partners are funding agencies, which could be contacted for funding if your ideas fit with their application schemes.

Tools that the SuSanA platform is offering

Does SuSanA offer or have job vacancies?

As SuSanA is not an organisation, it does not have any job vacancies. However, SuSanA partners may offer job vacancies, which can be found on their own websites or on the SuSanA website here.

What can I find on the SuSanA website?

The SuSanA website provides various kinds of resources on sustainable sanitation:

For more information see the Discussion Forum thread Help and tips for SuSanA website and other related tools.

My internet connection is slow, how can I get information material offline?

SuSanA offers an offline version of the website with most of the materials on a flash drive which can be ordered free of charge. Feel free to contact us.

What are the communication channels of SuSanA?

You can follow SuSanA's activities and updates and participate in the discussion about sustainable sanitation through various communication channels:

  • Discuss sanitation related questions and share answers, opinions and experiences in the SuSanA open discussion forum.
  • Register as SuSanA member and receive regular information (you choose the intervals) on SuSanA's activities and the forum digest.
  • Join us on facebook to read our regular short status updates or write comments and questions on our facebook wall.
  • Follow SuSanA on twitter to be always informed about important news and updates concerning SuSanA.

What is the SuSanA discussion forum?

The SuSanA discussion forum is an open discussion forum on all topics related to sustainable sanitation. The forum help section presents many information of how to get started and helps to solve problems that might occur. If you do not find an answer to your question - just ask it there.

Technical questions

I want to construct toilets. Where can I find information?

You can find information on existing projects, technical drawings, manuals and guidelines for planning here. Have a look in our resources section and explore the options.

Is sustainable sanitation the same as ecosan?

No, sustainable sanitation and ecosan are not exactly the same. The main objective of sustainable sanitation is to protect and promote human health by providing a clean environment and breaking the cycle of disease. In order to be sustainable, a sanitation system has to be not only economically viable, socially acceptable, and technically and institutionally appropriate, it should also protect the environment and the natural resources. Ecosan systems also strive for sustainability but focus in particular on one of these criteria namely the resource protection via recovery of nutrients contained in excreta and household wastewater and on their safe reuse in agriculture. Information and documents concerning the ecosan concept can be found here.

FAQs for people who want to become a member or for organisations who want to become partners

How does my organisation benefit from being a partner?

As a partner, SuSanA will help your organisation keep in touch with other active international and local organisations concerned with sustainable sanitation all over the world. This networking will help you keep updated with all the news in the sustainable sanitation field. You can also start shaping SuSanA by getting involved in SuSanA meetings, working groups and the core group.

Furthermore, SuSanA partners are frequently sharing the costs of exhibition booths at conferences and events. Smaller SuSanA partners usually can display their flyers and materials at the SuSanA booth free of charge. This is a service to SuSanA partners, but please contact the SuSanA secretariat in advance of such an event.

Which ways do I have to join SuSanA?

SuSanA invites individuals and organisations to join the network, contribute ideas, and become active members in the thematic working groups. Click here to see further information on how to join.

As an individual (without representing a specific organisation), can I join SuSanA?

Yes you can, individuals can register as a member here. Being a member will keep you informed about news, events, updates, publications, jobs etc. You can also start writing in the SuSanA open discussion forum, see the recent topics being discussed here. Please also join us on facebook by clicking "like" on our page. We post short status updates on our facebook wall every few days and you can also write comments and questions on our facebook wall.

What are the criteria to apply as a SuSanA partner?

To apply as a partner organisation with SuSanA, the organisation should:

  • Support the aims of SuSanA (agree to the vision document)
  • Carry out sanitation-related work
  • Have a functioning website
  • Be willing to insert the "partner of SuSanA logo" on your organisation’s website (if technically possible) and create a link back to the SuSanA website
  • Have at least three persons working full time for your organisation
  • Have been a registered entity for at least 2 years

Is there a registration fee to become a partner or member of SuSanA?

No, there is no fee for being a partner or member of SuSanA.

Who are the partners of SuSanA and how many are there?

You can get an overview and detailed information on what they do where on the partner page. Here you can also find one contact person for each partner organisation.

FAQs for existing members and partner organisations

Who is in the SuSanA core group, what does it do and can I also join it?

The SuSanA core group is made up of individuals who are working group leads, co-leads, members of the secretariat or other professionals who volunteer their time to provide the network with strategic direction and advice. The main functions of the core group are related to planning meetings and events, proposing future strategies and making operational decisions in between the general meeting dates. Membership is limited but possible upon request. You may contact the secretariat, stating your willingness and motivation to be part of the core group.

I am new to a working group, what can I do?

New members of working groups should contact the respective working group lead to introduce themselves and to get active in the working group. On each working group´s main page, you can find the working group leads of each group, their photos and a short video to highlight some of the relevant issues. You can also start taking part in the discussions of the working group in the discussion forum.

How do I contact the working groups?

On each working group´s main page, you can find the group´s lead and co-lead with e-mail addresses and their photo.

I have joined as a member and would like to volunteer… what can I do?

Please contact us, and tell us briefly about your experiences and knowledge, and we will write back to you within a few days. Please note that SuSanA is a network and does not implement its own projects. You may wish to contact some of the SuSanA partners directly.

I forgot my login or password, how can I retrieve it?

Click on the "forgot my password" or "forgot my username" on the right side of the login page to retrieve your password or login. Please enter your registered email address to receive a new password by email.

How can I change my registered e-mail address in the login area?

After you have logged into SuSanA, you can change your details here.

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