Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Our Structure

The SuSanA secretariat is located at the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Germany and has been funded by the German Ministry (BMZ) since 2007. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has provided co-funding to SuSanA from 2012 to 2018 through Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) 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 scholarships. Some of SuSanA´s partners might have funds available for researchers, students, interns or other activities. Visit their websites or use our discussion forum to look for funding opportunities. Calls for proposals, tenders, applications and expressions of interest (projects and awards) are listed here.

Sponsorships for individuals by some SuSanA partners are usually 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

SuSanA is not an employer. However, job vacancies with SuSanA partners are often posted on the discussion forum here

SuSanA members are individuals who have registered on the SuSanA website. They can post on the SuSanA Forum, participate in Working Group activities, receive forum e-mail digests, news and information from SuSanA, and participate in SuSanA meetings.

SuSanA partners are organisations interested / working in issues related to sustainable sanitation. Applications to become a SuSanA partner should be submitted by a SuSanA member working for the organisation.

Registration information can be accessed only by SuSanA website administrators. Users’ email addresses are automatically added to working group mailing lists and the news mail list according to users’ preferences (but the e-mail addresses are not visible to others). The user information may also be used to contact members regarding their forum posts or any information they have shared on the website, should this be required. Under no circumstances will user information be shared with third parties. Kindly take a look at our privacy policy here.

Regional chapters are set up by SuSanA partner organisations, with the help of the SuSanA Secretariat, usually where there is strong support and funding. Each regional chapter functions with a chapter coordinator and has clear targets for the chapter within a given timeframe.  SuSanA partners cannot set up regional chapters without approval from the Secretariat. The partners and members can get together locally but cannot use the SuSanA logo on events that are not approved by the Secretariat. The Secretariat cannot provide funds for such gatherings.

Our Online Presence

The SuSanA website is a platform for sharing knowledge and ideas on sustainable sanitation. It includes a comprehensive Knowledge Hub consisting of a sanitation library, global project database, conference materials, information on sanitation events, audiovisual products and several integrated content from our partners. It also hosts one of the biggest discussion forums on sanitation-related topics, along with mini-sites for 13 SuSanA working groups and their activities.  Thematic discussions are conducted on the forum from time to time.

The Forum is also a professional platform and a meeting point for all SuSanA members, coming from diverse backgrounds.  

You can suggest publications, videos and conference materials for inclusion on the website by sending files or links to info@susana.org. We will assess your suggestion to see if it fits the requirements of the SuSanA library in terms of topic and quality.

If you work for a SuSanA partner organisation you can enter new projects and publications directly via your SuSanA user account. The projects and publications will be listed under your organisation’s partner profile and in the SuSanA Library. To upgrade your SuSanA login for this purpose you need to contact info@susana.org.

We are happy to post information about upcoming sanitation-related events. Please send details to info@susana.org. You can also announce an upcoming event on the SuSanA Discussion Forum.

In the future, SuSanA members and partners will also be able to add events to a new Sanitation Calendar. The Sanitation Calendar is being jointly developed by SuSanA and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC). We hope to have it up and running by July 2018.

We believe it is important to provide the public with accurate, up-to-date information about water, sanitation and hygiene topics. Wikipedia is one of the most frequently consulted sources of information that is easy to understand.

The sanitation-related content on Wikipedia is getting better and better all the time thanks to SuSanA members and other volunteers behind the Sanitation Wikipedia project. If you would like to contribute your time to this project, please contact us at wikipedia@susana.org or here on the SuSanA Forum.

The content (text) of the SuSanA website and the photos that are uploaded in Flickr are available under an open access license (CC-BY SA 4.0). The publications that are within the SuSanA library and the videos in our YouTube channel are free to download and view but have a range of licenses. Please check the license statement of the respective library publication and video carefully before making use of them. Either way, you should always acknowledge and cite the sources when you use any of the materials.

The SuSanA website does not host paid advertising. SuSanA members can share information about products and services related to sanitation on the SuSanA Forum, as long as it is part of a productive dialogue with other SuSanA members. The Forum moderator will adjudicate.

Please write to info@susana.org to report broken links, incorrect information or other problems with the website. General feedback on the online tools and services that SuSanA offers is also welcome.

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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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26th SuSanA Meeting, Stockholm!

The 26th SuSanA meeting will take place in Stockholm, Sweden on 25 August 2018 prior to the Stockholm World Water Week. It will be hosted by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) together with the SuSanA secretariat.

 

More information can be found on the meeting page »

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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:

Projects

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.

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.

 


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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.

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