SuSanA News mail January 2011
||Dear SuSanA members and partners,
After a short winter break we are back with an improved e-mail format for our monthly news e-mail. We hope you like it. This monthly e-mail informs you about the latest news from SuSanA and the SuSanA partners. For more frequent news updates and for an opportunity to write comments please visit our facebook page: www.facebook.com/susana.org). This e-mail is sent to 1671 subscribers of the SuSanA mailing list and contains the following topics:
- Save the date: next SuSanA meeting in Kigali, Rwanda (July 2011)
- Four new SuSanA publications
- New SuSanA communication tools
- SuSanA website tips of the month
- GIZ comes into existence (merger of GTZ, DED and Inwent)
- Sustainable Sanitation Practice Journal: Issue 6 with the topic “Toilets”
- New SuSanA partner and staff changes
1. Save the date: next SuSanA meeting in Kigali, Rwanda (July 2011)
Plans are underway to organise the 13th SuSanA meeting alongside the AfricaSan3 in Rwanda. The Rwandan government is hosting the AfricaSan3 conference, which is being organised by the AMCOW Sanitation Task Force, from 19-21 July 2011 in the capital Kigali. The exact dates of the SuSanA meeting shall be conveyed at a later date, but it will most likely be just before AfricaSan3. We are looking for offers from local SuSanA partners who could help us organise this event as well as generate participation of the lregional players in sanitation. Kindly contact the secretariat at
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More information on AfricaSan3: http://www.susana.org/lang-en/news/events?view=ccbktypeitem&type=1&id=59
2. Four new SuSanA publications
A. Pathways to Sustainable Sanitation
This document is a follow-up of the SuSanA Visions Document and provides a number of recommendations on how to bring sustainable sanitation to scale. It was presented at the World Water Week 2009 and forms the basis for key messages from SuSanA that were presented at the African Water Week in 2009. It lays out 8 action oriented "stepping stones" towards up-scaling sustainable sanitation. We are asking the SuSanA community for their endorsement of this document as part of a series of documents forming the SuSanA Roadmap. Kindly address your feedback by 19 March 2011 to the SuSanA secretariat at
or to Jennifer McConville who was one of the primary authors (together with Roland Schertenleib and Arno Rosemarin).
B. Factsheet of SuSanA WG 7a Community, rural and schools The aim of this Factsheet is to advocate for sustainable school sanitation by highlighting existing challenges, exploring the various innovations both in hardware and software from examples in Africa, Asia, and South America identifying the common principles that are needed for successful implementation. The fact sheet is now available for review and comments. Please convey your comments directly to the working group lead Claudia Wedland (WECF) at
or Belinda Abraham(UNICEF Cambodia) at
by 1 March.
Download : http://www.susana.org/lang-en/library?view=ccbktypeitem&type=2&id=508
C. Factsheet of SuSanA WG 9a Sanitation as a business
The fact sheet describes sanitation as a good business opportunity. The challenge is to find and identify effective, scalable, and sustainable sanitation solutions with economic attractiveness and allocate investments and funds to be able to implement the projects. This process needs to be guided by experts of marketers and designers and can effectively be supported by the central and local governmental agencies and NGOs. The factsheet is now available for review and comments. Please convey your comments directly to the working group lead Jack Sim (WTO) at
or Carol McCreary (PHLUSH)
by 1 March.
Download : http://www.susana.org/lang-en/library/rm-susana-publications?view=ccbktypeitem&type=2&id=832
D. Factsheet of SuSanA WG 10 Operation and maintenance of sustainable sanitation systems The aims of this factsheet are to introduce possible concepts of O&M for sustainable sanitation systems and to show successful implemented examples for O&M. The target group for this fact sheet consists of sanitation practitioners, researchers and policy makers, as well as of development practitioners who are less familiar with the topic of O&M of sanitation systems. The factsheet is now available for review and comments. Please convey your comments directly to the working group lead Guenter Langergraber (BOKU, Austria) at
by 1 March.
Download : http://www.susana.org/lang-en/library?view=ccbktypeitem&type=2&id=939
3. New SuSanA communication tools
To enhance the communication amongst working group members we have now created e-mail mailing lists for some of the very active working groups. To communicate with other members in your working group you can send an email to the entire working group by using one specific e-mail address (see below). The e-mails will be moderated by the respective working group lead before forwarding them to the rest of the members. If you want to join a working group (or to make other changes to your SuSanA account seeting), please visit the internal area of the SuSanA website and go to “Change your details” http://www.susana.org/lang-en/your-details.
This feature is presently available for the following four working groups (for information on these working groups, see: http://www.susana.org/lang-en/working-groups):
• WG 02 - Costs & economics (moderator: Jonathan Parkinson, IWA and Philipp Feiereisen, GIZ)
• WG 07 - Community, rural and schools (with gender and social aspects) - (moderator: Claudia Wendland, WECF)
• WG 08 - Emergency and reconstruction situations (moderator: Ase Johannesen and Belinda Abraham)
• WG 10 - Operation and maintenance (moderator: Guenter Langergraber, BOKU)
Also, we encourage you to register yourself to the internal area of the SuSanA website (http://www.susana.org/lang-en/login). What for? Once you register you are automatically a apart of the workin group mailing list which makes it easier for members to communicate among the working groups and for the secretariat to manage the memberships.
In addition to this, a blog has been set up by the co-lead, Ase Johannessen, for the working group on emergency and reconstruction situation at http://susanawg8.wordpress.com/. Please subscribe and contribute to this blog if this is your area of interest!
4. SuSanA website tips of the month
Did you know that you can now sort the SuSanA case studies (and other publications from the library) by country? It is easy! Access the SuSanA case studies page (http://susana.org/lang-en/case-studies) and click on the interactive map to the right on the region to which the country belongs and you will see a list of countries for which case studies are available. The same can be done for other documents in the SuSanA library, which currently has 748 entries
5. GIZ comes into existence (merger of GTZ, DED and Inwent)
On 1 January 2011 the number of SuSanA partners reduced by one following the creation of GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) with the merger of the Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED) GmbH (German Development Service), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH (German Technical Cooperation) and Inwent – Capacity Building International, Germany. As a federally owned enterprise, GIZ will support the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ now operates in more than 130 countries worldwide and employs approximately 17,000 staff members worldwide http://www.giz.de/en. GIZ also continues to host the secretariat and website management of SuSanA.
6. Sustainable Sanitation Practice Journal: Issue 6 with the topic “Toilets”
SuSanA partner EcoSan Club Austria has published the sixth issue of the Sustainable Sanitation Practice (SSP) journal. The topic of this issue is: “Toilets”. This issue gives an overview on developments of different technologies for user interfaces, mainly for urine diversion dehydration toilets (UDDTs). The contributions present developments in South America, East Africa and the Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) countries. Interesting low-cost, home made UDDTs are described in this publication.
Free download: http://www.ecosan.at/ssp/ (and also in the SuSanA library: http://www.susana.org/lang-en/library?search=ssp).
7. New SuSanA partner and staff changes
We warmly welcome SuSanA partner number 136: DORP (Development Organization of The Rural Poor) in Bangladesh who joined us in January. This NGO is working in the field of development in rural Bangladesh since 1990 http://www.dorpbd.org/ .
Steffen Blume, who has done a great job in managing and shaping the SuSanA website since two year shas now left the SuSanA secretariat (he has taken up a posting in the water program in Zambia with GIZ). Philipp Feiereisen has taken over his tasks. We wish Steffen all the best and thank him for all his hard work and creative ideas for the SuSanA website! You can still reach him via the same e-mail address.
We at the SuSanA secretariat would like to wish you a prosperous year ahead and hope all your aims and aspirations for this year are realised.
(SuSanA secretariat, from left to right: Philipp Feiereisen, Elisabeth von Muench, Rahul Ingle, Christian Rieck)
You can find more information on events and news on the SuSanA website: http://www.susana.org/lang-en/news . We invite you to send us information on events and news items for publication on the SuSanA website or in this monthly news e-mail. To provide comments and questions, you can e-mail us or use our facebook page (www.facebook.com/susana.org).
Kind regards from a freezing Eschborn (Germany),
Elisabeth, Philipp and Rahul
Elisabeth von Muench, Philipp Feiereisen and Rahul Ingle
on behalf of the SuSanA secretariat
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