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The UK Sanitation Community of Practice (SanCoP) started in the 2008 International Year of Sanitation, to encourage a vibrant sanitation sector in the UK. SanCoP is convened by staff at WEDC and iMC Worldwide, supported by an active volunteer Coordinating Team [working for BuroHappold Engineering, Dig Deep, Oxfam and Practical Action].

The aim is to strengthen the UK sanitation sector and provide a forum for learning and debate. More specifically SanCoP aims to:

  • Share evidence-based knowledge and experience
  • Encourage the participation of younger professionals
  • Stimulate innovation and learning in science, practice learning and exchange of experiences
  • Provide an opportunity for networking, inter-generational learning and mentoring
  • Encourage multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral dialogue

SanCoP events bring together a wide range of professionals with an interest in sanitation from academic and research institutions, NGOs, public and private organisations. Participants’ backgrounds’ include engineering, public health, social and political science, economics and urban development disciplines. SanCoP workshops take place twice a year under Chatham House rules allowing lively debate on topical sanitation issues.

For more information or to join the Sanitation Community of Practice mailing list please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Members will receive updates about forthcoming meetings and UK related sanitation news that may be of interest.

These pages look to provide a database of resources from previously held SanCoP meeting that may be of use to our members with the SanCoP UK LinkedIn page acting as a source for topical debate.

26th Sanitation Community of Practice (SanCoP) meeting “SanCoP26 / CoP26: Sanitation & Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation”

The 26th Sanitation Community of Practice meeting was held virtually, in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, on the 19th October 2021, 10.00-13.00

The webinar focused on three key themes – climate impacts and hazards; emissions and mitigation and climate finance – to highlight and better understand the intersections between sanitation and climate change. The webinar took place shortly before CoP26.

See the session outline here.

25th Sanitation Community of Practice (SanCoP) meeting “Towards SDG 6.2 – Reflecting on and Responding to the Pandemic and ODA Cuts”

The 25th Sanitation Community of Practice meeting was held virtually, in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, on the 29th June 2021, 11.00-13.00

The primary objectives for participants were:

  1. To identify ways in which the pandemic has highlighted inequalities and improved North-South collaboration
  2. To reflect on the impact of ODA cuts on SDG 6.2
  3. To identify most effective ways (for UK) to contribute to SDG 6.2 going forwards

See the session outline here.

The presentations below will be available for download from the SuSanA library:

1) SanCoP 25 Introductory Presentation & Rapporteur Notes – SanCoP Committee & WaterWISER

2) How WASH Programming has Adapted to the COVID-19 Pandemic - Joseph Thompson and Ruhil Iyer (Institute of Development Studies, IDS)

3) UK ODA Cuts and FCDO Merger - Tim Brewer (Water Witness)

4) Contribution of ODA on WASH Progress and Implication of the UK Cuts - Abel Dugange (Shahidi wa Maji, Tanzania)


24th Sanitation Community of Practice (SanCoP) meeting “Managing Uncertainty from COVID-19 in the UK WASH Sector”

The 24th Sanitation Community of Practice meeting was held virtually, in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, on the 18th June 2020, 9.30-11.15

The primary objectives for participants were:

  1. To build a better understanding of how COVID-19 might affect/is affecting your work
  2. To gain knowledge of how others are managing uncertainty caused by COVID-19
  • Help you get some ideas for how individuals and ‘the collective’ (i.e. SanCoP/UK WASH sector) might move forward

See the session outline here.


23rd Sanitation Community of Practice (SanCoP) Meeting: "Municipal Capacity Building to Sustain Sanitation Services"


22nd Sanitation Community of Practice (SanCoP) Meeting: "Financing Sustainable Sanitation"

21st Sanitation Community of Practice (SanCoP) Meeting: "Addressing the Complexities of Citywide Environmental Sanitation"


19th Sanitation Community of Practice (SanCoP) Meeting: “Container Based Sanitation"

20th Sanitation Community of Practice (SanCoP) Meeting: “Inclusion in global sanitation and hygiene services knowledge, practice, gaps, and emerging issues"


The 18th SanCoP meeting involved a research workshop on WASH in low- and middle-income countries. The event was hosted by WEDC, Loughborough University on Tuesday 27th September 2016, from 10:30am to 4:30pm.

Read the Synopsis of the 18th SanCOP meeting here.


17th Sanitation Community of Practice (SanCoP) Meeting: “The next generation of sanitation professionals - skills gaps & curricula”

16th Sanitation Community of Practice (SanCoP) Meeting: What can the UK SanCoP bring to the post 2015 SDG agenda? Learning from progress and failure


14th Sanitation Community of Practice (SanCoP) Meeting: Sanitation in Emergencies

15th Sanitation Community of Practice (SanCoP) Meeting: Faecal Sludge Management, Wastewater Treatment and Reuse


12th Sanitation Community of Practice Meeting: Assessing and Responding to Risk in Sanitation Planning

13th Sanitation Community of Practice Meeting: Behaviour Change in Sanitation


10th Sanitation Community of Practice Meeting: Achieving and Sustaining Scale in Urban Sanitation

11th Sanitation Community of Practice Meeting: Learning from failure in Sanitation


8th Community of Sanitation Practice Meeting Urban Sanitation Planning: How to Think About Scale from the Start?

9th Community of Sanitation Practice Meeting: The Enabling Environment: The pre-requisites for city wide improvements


6th Sanitation Community of Practice Meeting: Sanitation in Fragile and Conflict Affected States

7th Sanitation Community of Practice Meeting: Making Sanitation Enterprises Viable?


4th Sanitation Community of Practice Meeting: Changing Behaviour for Better Sanitation

5th Sanitation Community of Practice Meeting: Sanitation for Climate Change and Adaption


1st Sanitation Community of Practice Meeting: Sanitation at the household level in low-income countries

2nd Sanitation Community of Practice Meeting: Sanitation at the neighbourhood level in low income countries

3rd Sanitation Community of Practice Meeting: Sanitation at the urban & policy level in low income countries


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32nd SuSanA Meeting

The 32nd virtual SuSanA Meeting took place Monday, 22nd of August (9:00 - 17:00 CEST), right before the Stockholm World Water Week. It was organised by the Secretariat with support and contributions from SuSanA Partners, Members, Working Groups, Regional Chapters and many more. 

Now meeting recordings and presentations available: Click here to get to the Meeting Page!

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