Thematic Discussion Series (TDS)

SuSanA’s Thematic Discussion Series (TDS) is an initiative to engage actors from interconnected areas of expertise in discussions which are focused on a specific theme and limited to 2-4 weeks. The discussions take place on the SuSanA Forum and are guided and led by thematic leads, who will provide background information on the topic, respond to and lead the discussion with the support of a coordinator. Regular summaries and a synthesis report of the discussion will be generated that improve knowledge management and help practitioners move forward in their field.

SuSanA thematic discussions involve collaboration and coordination among thematic leads, the relevant SuSanA working groups, SuSanA members, hosting organisations and the SuSanA secretariat.

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Selected Projects

Thematic Discussion - Testing sewage for early warnings about COVID-19
To discuss issues of sampling, testing and a standard operating procedure to communicate test results to communities

Background Research from past SARS epidemics has suggested fragments of the viruses from infected human beings are found in wastewater and sewage. These can be isolated and analysed to determine if there are infections …

Thematic Discussion - Case studies are signposts for recognition and encouragement
To discuss the role and relevance of case studies in the WASH sector

Under the umbrella of the SuSanA Indian Chapter, the India Sanitation Coalition in partnership with SuSanA, held a three-week thematic discussion on “Case studies as Signposts for Recognition and …

Thematic Discussion - Addressing the last (female) mile
To discuss how a ‘universal access’ sanitation programme can prioritise the needs of women

Under the umbrella of the SuSanA Indian Chapter, the India Sanitation Coalition in partnership with SuSanA, held a thematic discussion on “Addressing the last (female) mile”. In peri-urban areas and small and …

Thematic Discussion - Corporate Engagement in Sanitation
To discuss opportunities and challenges of corporate engagement in sanitation

The SuSanA Indian Chapter and the India Sanitation Coalition held a four-week thematic discussion on exploring opportunities and challenges of corporate engagement in sanitation. The discussion not only focused on …

Thematic Discussion - FSM - India´s Pathway to 'Clean India'?
To discuss Faecal Sludge Management in the Indian context

Under the umbrella of the SuSanA Indian Chapter, the India Sanitation Coalition in partnership with SuSanA, held a three-week thematic discussion on Faecal Sludge Management in the Indian context. As India strives …

Thematic Discussion - Innovations in WASH
To discuss main barrieres and the role of CSR funding for WASH innovations

Under the umbrella of the SuSanA Indian Chapter, the India Sanitation Coalition together with National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) and Ennovent India holds a thematic online discussion about “Innovations in …

Thematic Discussion - ODF+, ODF++ and Sustainability of Sanitation
To discuss aspects of the post-ODF situation in rural and urban areas

Under the umbrella of the SuSanA Indian Chapter and the India Sanitation Coalition held a thematic online discussion about “ODF+, ODF++ and Sustainability of Sanitation”. The four-week discussion was active from 28 …

Thematic Discussion - Setting standards and financing waste water management in India
To discuss several aspects of the waste water economy in India

In November 2018, the SuSanA India Chapter, IRC and TARU organised a face-to-face ‘Insights Discussion’ on sharing experiences on waste water challenges and solutions, facilitated by the Ecosan Services Foundation, …

Thematic Discussion - Swachh Bharat (Gramin)
To discuss the topics Policy & Institutions, Open Defecation Free (ODF), Sustainability and Good Practices - 2 years of Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin)

The first thematic online discussion held under the umbrella of the SuSanA Indian Chapter ran from 29 July – 21 August 2016 on the SuSanA Discussion Forum. This was the first in a series of discussions that will …

Thematic Discussion - Swachh Bharat Urban
To discuss technology options, lack of data, capacity building and institutions in urban sanitation in the context of the Swachh Bharat Mission

The second thematic online discussion held under the umbrella of the SuSanA Indian Chapter ran from 4 September - 5 October 2016 on the SuSanA Discussion Forum. This disucssion followed up the start to the thematic …

Thematic Discussion - WASH in Schools - What's next after 100% coverage?
To discuss innovations, responsibilities, monitoring and the role of companies in the WinS context

Under the umbrella of the SuSanA Indian Chapter, the India Sanitation Coalition held a thematic online discussion about WASH in Schools in India. The discussion was hosted from 4 September - 23 September 2017 on the …

Further Readings

Jacob, N. (2018)
From missing market incentives to misaligned incentives. What is choking India’s rural sanitation progress?

Under the umbrella of the SuSanA Indian Chapter, the India Sanitation Coalition in partnership with Population Services International (PSI) and SuSanA, held a four-week thematic discussion on India's national rural …

Jacob, N. (2017)
Case studies are Signposts for Recognition and Encouragement

Case studies are an important tool of qualitative research but need to be prepared and used with care. This thematic discussion examines what constitutes a case study, how they can be collected, validated and …

Jacob, N., von Falkenhausen, A., Bauer, M. (2017)
Corporate Engagement in Sanitation

Under the umbrella of the SuSanA Indian Chapter, the India Sanitation Coalition in partnership with SuSanA, held a four-week thematic discussion on exploring opportunities and challenges of corporate engagement in …

Jacob, N., Bauer, M., Falkenhausen, A. (2017)
Faecal Sludge Management - The pathway to ‘Clean India’?

Jacob, N. (2018)
ODF+, ODF++ and Sustainability of Sanitation

The responses provided a canvas of problems with sustaining ODF that covers technical, behavioural and physical issues. These issues, persistent since before SBM, must be overcome before India could move onto ODF+, …

Jacob, N. (2019)
Setting Standards and Financing Waste Water Management in India

This discussion will examine a few aspects of the waste water economy. In November 2018, the SuSanA India Chapter, IRC and TARU organised a face-to-face ‘Insights Discussion’ on sharing experiences on waste water …

Jacob, N., von Falkenhausen, A., Bauer, M. (2016)
On the way to "clean India": 2 years of Swacch Bharat Mission (Gramin) (Rural)

With the implementation of the SuSanA Indian Chapter, this TDS was the first with focus on sanitation in India. Since it was launched 2nd October, 2014, Swacch Bharat Mission (SBM) has been one of the Indian …

Jacob, N. (2016)
On the way to "clean India": 2 years of Swacch Bharat Mission (Urban)

With the implementation of the SuSanA Indian Chapter, disucssions around Sanitation in India are held in a regular period on the SuSanA Forum. In India, Swachh Bharat Mission has been launched 2nd October 2014 to …

Jacob, N. (2017)
WASH in Schools - What's next after 100% coverage? - A Thematic Discussion Series Synthesis hosted by the SuSanA India Chapter and India Sanitation Coalition

From 4 – 23 September 2017, the India Santation Coalition under the umbrella of the SuSanA India Chapter organised a thematic online discussion about WASH in Schools in India. The discussion examined how to …

Contact

Nitya Jacob
SuSanA India Chapter Coordinator


New Delhi • India

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I am research and policy advocacy professional specialising in water, sanitation and hygiene. I have led the national advocacy and research team at WaterAid India and worked as the water programme director with CSE. I …

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