Cookie tracking notice
Are we allowed to crumble with cookies and anonymous tracking?

We use cookies on our website. Some of them are essential for the operation of the site (so called session cookies), while others help us to improve this site and the user experience (tracking cookies). We use the application Matomo and the external service etracker to analyze your behavior on our website anonymously. Because we value your privacy, we are here with asking your permission to use the following technologies. You can change your settings any time via this link or the menu item in footer menu. For more information visit our Data Policy

Global Steering Committee

The Global Steering Committee (GSC) is delegated by members to further transform SuSanA from its current version into a so called SuSanA 2.0 and to govern SuSanA 2.0 on their behalf during the periods between triennial elections (every three year). As such, it is the principal decision-making body and governance vehicle during this period. It is responsible and accountable to members, primarily through the Annual Assembly, for ensuring sound strategic and financial functioning of SuSanA 2.0.

SuSanA in its current form is not itself an organisation or a legal entity but an informal network hosted by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in Bonn, Germany. More information here.


The GSC is responsible for governing SuSanA 2.0 between elections with prudence and wisdom, in the interests of the members and their priorities, and within the boundaries of the Host Organisation’s legal and fiscal responsibilities.

The GSC can form a smaller Executive Committee that can be more agile in making quicker decisions on behalf of the GSC. These decisions are expected to be routine and not major decisions that need deliberation and vote of the entire GSC. The scope of the Executive Committee’s responsibilities will be defined by the GSC. Any decisions of the Executive Committee can be reviewed by the entire GSC.

The positions of the GSC are voluntary and unpaid and each GSC member is expected to commit 3 to 4 hours per month.


The GSC will be composed of elected regional representatives and representatives from the host organization. The regional representatives will be elected by the registered members in each region and will sit for a maximum of two 3-year terms, re-electable once only. The maximum term of office for regional representative is therefore 6 years. The election of the GSC strives for a balanced representation of gender, age and geographic origin, as well as sectoral diversity. Please contact the GSC via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

First Global Steering Committee (elected October 2022)

The election results & recording of the Official Announcement of the GSC can be found here.


SuSanA is not an organisation or a legal entity, but an informal network of Partners and individual Members. All Partners and Members contribute resources to SuSanA under their own responsibility. If and when to transform SuSanA into a legal entity is a key question to be addressed as part of the change process towards SuSanA 2.0. The role of the GSC described below is to prepare and lead the way to SuSanA 2.0.

Governance Oversight

  • Ensure an agreement with a Host Organisation that ensures members’ ability to govern the strategic direction of SuSanA 2.0 while enabling the Host Organisation to fulfil its legal and fiscal obligations
  • Ensure that all structures of SuSanA 2.0 function in the interests of the alliance’s strategic priorities and within the policies of the Host Organisation
  • Oversee the work and performance of the Head of Secretariat
  • Regularly review risks for SuSanA 2.0

Financial Oversight

  • Ensure and approve long-term resourcing strategies for SuSanA 2.0
  • Approve annual budgets in line with annual work plans
  • Review management accounts regularly through the financial year, and require the Head of Secretariat to adjust work plans as necessary to ensure prudent and efficient use of resources
  • Review and approve annual accounts prepared by the Host Organisation, for presentation to the Annual Assembly

Resource Mobilisation

  • In line with approved long-term resourcing strategies, ensure and actively support the resource-raising activities of the Secretariat
  • Approve and regularly review policies on resources to be raised from members, if any
  • Approve and regularly review policies on income generation from the sale of knowledge products of SuSanA 2.0, if any
  • Approve and regularly review policies on potential sources of grants for SuSanA 2.0
  • Support grant applications by the Secretariat, and SuSanA 2.0’s donor relations, by building on the knowledge on, and relationships with, potential and current grant-makers already held by individual GSC members

Meetings and commitments

  • Monthly 45-minutes online meeting with the secretariat to exchange on the status quo
  • The equivalent of 1 to 2-hours communication with the other GSC members (meetings/email exchange) to consult and make decisions
  • Annual 1 to 2-hours General Assembly to inform and report on the main decisions taken to the SuSanA members


The election will be announced by the SuSanA secretariat on the homepage and via e-mail to all active SuSanA members. Voting will be online and ONLY for members that are registered. The vote will be anonymous, meaning SuSanA will only know if someone has voted but SuSanA will not have the information who voted for whom. To cater for all different time zones the election will have 4 voting days. During these days members will be able to vote after logging into their SuSanA account. The login assures that only registered SuSanA members are able to vote.

More information on the election 2022 can be found here.

Share this page on    

Follow us on    

SuSanA Partners currently 400 partners

Networks Circle


Latest SuSanA Blog Articles

SuSanA Blog »

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.

Subscribe to newsletter »




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.

Add item to library »

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 (309 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.

Suggest content to add »

SuSanA partners

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

Apply to become a partner »

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!

Register as a member


Forgot your password?
Forgot your username?