SuSanA India Chapter

The SuSana India Chapter, started in May 2016, has grown over the past five years in relevance to the WASH sector in India. It is supported by a consortium of WASH organizations: Jal Seva (WaterAid India), India Sanitation Coalition, IRC, Water for People and UNICEF. Since its launch, other organizations such as the Ecosan Services Foundation and Arghyam have provided support.

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Upcoming sanitation events

31 May. 2021 - 03 Jun. 2021 • Online Event

6th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference (FSM6)

The FSM Alliance is excited to take on its role as the new host and organiser for the International Faecal Sludge Management conference (FSM conference). The FSM Alliance was announced at AfricaSan 5/FSM5 in Cape Town, South Africa in 2019 to create a centralised platform for those working in the FSM sub-sector.

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20 Jun. 2021 - 24 Jun. 2021 • Online Event

WASH in Emergencies

The German WASH Network continues its well-established Regional WASH Workshop series in the years 2021-2022 aiming at strengthening local WASH disaster preparedness and response capacities in order to allow for the provision of appropriate and effective humanitarian WASH services in disaster and crisis prone regions. The Regional WASH Workshops are part of a strategic portfolio of activities developed and carried out in close cooperation between the German WASH Network and the German Federal Foreign Office to respond to the growing demand for emergency coordination and qualified humanitarian WASH capacity in Germany and respective partner countries.

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Discussion Forum

Standards or norms for design of Community and Public toilet

by aasimmansuri (18.03.2013), last reply by: nityajacob (21.10.2020)
(total 11 replies)

Topic 1 Protocol to test sewage for early warnings about COVID-19

by nityajacob (08.05.2020), last reply by: TheIntegrator (27.05.2020)
(total 35 replies)

Sampling and testing faecal sludge for monitoring COVID-19

by nityajacob (06.04.2020), last reply by: nityajacob (13.05.2020)
(total 4 replies)

Try to test sewage for early signs of COVID-19

by Dzifa (01.05.2020), last reply by: kelldigest (13.05.2020)
(total 3 replies)


Operation and Maintenance Opportunities in Rural Community Sanitary Complexes
Thematic discussion on how best to improve the O&M of community sanitary complexes in rural India

Under Swachh Bharat Mission Phase II, the Ministry of Jal Shakti is prioritising the construction of Community Sanitary Complexes (CSCs) in rural areas to ensure every household, especially from marginalised …

COVID-19 Appropriate Behaviour in 2021 Thematic Discussion
How have organizations reached the marginalised, and managed waste from COVID households

IRC, UNICEF, WaterAid India, WHO and the SuSanA India chapter are initiating a thematic discussion to understand how CSOs and others at the frontlines have reached the marginalised and excluded populations with messages …

Thematic Discussion - Expertise and resources needed for inclusive and lasting water supply and sanitation

Panchayats have been assigned the responsibility for executing rural water and sanitation. To do this successfully as equal partners with the government and engineers, they need a lot of support over the long term. The …


Urban Development Department - Government of Uttar Pradesh (2019)
Uttar Pradesh State Septage Management Policy

The goal of the Uttar Pradesh State Septage Management Policy (UPSSMP) is to improve water quality and protect public health in urban areas of the State by 2023. The objective is to enhance the ability of local …

CPHEEO (2018)
Advisory on public and community toilets

Sanitation has become a critical issue in the cities today. Ever growing population in the cities has made it difficult to provide quality service to all its citizens. Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), the national …

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. (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. (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. (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)
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 …

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. (2020)
Synthesis document for the thematic discussion Testing Sewage for Early Warnings about COVID-19

Research from past epidemics of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) caused by coronaviruses has suggested viruses are excreted in stools by infected human beings. They have been detected in sewage. Mapping …

Faecal Sludge Management in Rural Areas under SBM-G

UNICEF and the Water Supply and Sanitation Department of Maharashtra developed a manual to appraise government and village functionaries about the technical aspects, legal provisions, service value chain of FSM, …

Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (2021)
Faecal sludge management in India

This leaflet in English presents a summary of the national policies and some initiatives to manage faecal sludge from around the country. It ends with suggestions for managing faecal sludge covering technology, …

UNICEF India (WASH) (2020)
FSM, A Priority for Improving Quality of Health and Water Sources

The Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), the flagship sanitation scheme of the Government of India has revolutionized India’s sanitation landscape. However, there are still gaps which need to be bridged to sustain and build …

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Nitya Jacob
SuSanA India Chapter Coordinator

New Delhi • India


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. …

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