Overview of the working groups


Within SuSanA several thematic working groups have been established in order to cover a variety of different sanitation aspects and to provide outputs that underline the problems and opportunities of these aspects.

The schematic on the right hand side indicates how the 12 working groups relate to the sanitation chain and to each other. In brackets are the numbers of the respective working groups (click to enlarge).


  • WG 1 - Capacity development

    This working group aims to create a global network to strategically accelerate and influence the capacity development process in the sanitation sector.

  • WG 2 - Market Development

    This working group aims to promote understanding and uptake of approaches for market assessment, market based programming and financing mechanisms for sustainable sanitation service delivery.

  • WG 3 - Renewable energies and climate change

    The objective of this working group is to raise general awareness for the energy potential of the sustainable sanitation approach and its prospective contribution to reduce dependence on imported or fossil energy sources.

  • WG 4 - Sanitation systems, technology options, hygiene and health

    This working group will develop possible options on how to improve sanitation systems especially in developing countries.

  • WG 5 - Food security and productive sanitation systems

    This working group aims to raise awareness for the reuse-oriented sustainable sanitation approach, its prospective contribution to global food security and to promote this approach on a large scale.

  • WG 6 - Cities

    The overall aim of this working group is to develop strategies on how cities can adopt an appropriate planning, implementation, and management process that leads towards more sustainable sanitation solutions.

  • WG 7 - Community, rural and schools (with gender and social aspects)

    7a: Raising general awareness for community and rural sanitation by creating discussion fora and enhancing networking opportunities.
    7b: Developing a fact sheet addressing the specific needs of both men and women in sustainable sanitation so that both accept the sustainable sanitation solutions. 

  • WG 8 - Emergency and reconstruction situations

    The objective of this working group is to combine the knowledge from experts in the fields of sanitation with the knowledge from experts in the field of emergency response and reconstruction.

  • WG 9 - Public Awareness, Advocacy and Civil Society Engagement

    This working group aims to put sanitaiton centre-stage for media, the public, and government decision makers and to position its products and services as attractive lifestyle choices.

  • WG 10 - Operation and maintenance

    The main task of this working group is to discuss and disseminate relevant information related to best practice examples of operation and maintenance systems for sustainable sanitation by elaborating fact sheets, case studies, posters and other information materials.

  • WG 11 - Groundwater Protection

    The main aim of this working group is to create awareness and formulate recommendations for the protection of groundwater through sustainable sanitation.

  • WG 12 - WASH and Nutrition

    The main aim of this working group is to examine the widely neglected and underestimated adverse nutritional impact of lack of safe WASH particularly in emergency and in chronic situations.

  • WG 13 - Behaviour Change

    This working group will seek to identify, share, and promote new and current methodologies, best practices and cases of behaviour change in an inclusive way.

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