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Individuals can become SuSanA members by registering at the website. Members can post on the Discussion Forum, participate in working group activities, receive Discussion Forum e-mail digests, news and information from SuSanA, and participate in SuSanA meetings.
Organisations working in areas related to sustainable sanitation can become SuSanA partners. Applications to become a SuSanA partner can be submitted by a SuSanA member working for the organisation. Criteria for partner applications can be viewed here.
There is no fee to become a SuSanA member or partner.

The SuSanA secretariat is run by the Sustainable Sanitation Programme, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Germany, and has been funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) since 2007. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has provided co-funding to SuSanA since 2012 through Stockholm Environment Institute for various knowledge-management activities. Additionally, several partners contribute in kind to steer regional chapters, organise SuSanA meetings and other events, and to work on joint publications by SuSanA partners.

No, SuSanA cannot provide funding for projects or researchers. Some of SuSanA´s partners might have funds available for researchers, students, interns or activities. Visit their websites or use the SuSanA Discussion Forum to look for funding opportunities e.g. calls for proposals, tenders, applications and expressions of interest (projects and awards).
Sponsorships for individuals by some SuSanA partners are posted in the Discussion Forum.

No, SuSanA does not offer consultancy services. Some SuSanA partners and members do offer these services, and could be approached directly. You can find SuSanA partners in your country here.

No, SuSanA itself is not an employer. Those working for the Secretariat are employees of GIZ. Organisations often post their job vacancies on the Discussion Forum.

Under no circumstances will user information be shared with third parties, as confirmed in our privacy policy found here.  Based on "user preferences," registered members are automatically added to working group email lists  (without the address being visible to others). Anyone wishing to contact a member regarding a Discussion Forum post can do so without the email address being visible.

Partner organisations in a given region can initiate, fund and steer a regional chapter after the approval of the SuSanA secretariat and the core group (SuSanA’s governing body). The SuSana secretariat will provide support, but not funding, for regional meetings. Regional chapters have a chapter coordinator and establish targets and timeframes for activities.

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SuSanA newsletter

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

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Resources and publications

Our library has more than 3,000 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 conferences or courses? Catch up by using their materials for self study. These materials have been kindly provided by SuSanA partners.

Shit flow diagrams, excreta flow diagrams (310 SFDs worldwide)

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

Emersan eCompendium

Humanitarian Sanitation Hub

Sanitation Workers Knowledge and Learning Hub




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

Not yet a SuSanA partner? Show your organisation's support to SuSanA's vision and engage in  knowledge sharing by becoming partners.

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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 and our regional chapters. Our FAQs explain the benefits further.

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

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