SuSanA India Chapter

The SuSana India Chapter was started in May 2016 to support the country's efforts towards becoming ODF. Now entering its fourth phase, the SuSanA India Chapter plans to examine issues emerging after most states and India have declared themselves to be free from open defecation. These include continuing behaviour change, treatment of faecal waste and waste water, water contamination from poor containment and treatment and sanitation for marginalised groups.

We are happy that the India Sanitation Coalition, Water for People, WaterAid, IRC and Ecosan Services Foundation continue to support the Chapter. All SuSanA partner organisations and members are warmly invited to define contributions for the SuSanA India Chapter and contact the Chapter Coordinator if they are interested to participate.

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. FSM6 will be held online, and will draw experience from Asia to address the demands and challenges of the sanitation sector, while also highlighting best practice and lessons learned from around the globe. The conference program is being finalized, and the submitted abstracts have been accepted. Have a look here: FSMA members receive a discount on FSM6 registration. An additional 5% discount is available for members who register before 15 March 2021. Along with an FSM6 discount, they also provide networking and capacity building opportunities, as well as a list of other great benefits. More opportunities to get involved include: Exhibition and Sponsorship opportunities. More FSM6 updates will be released in the lead up to the conference. Visit the website of the FSM6 Conference 2021 for more information here:

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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)


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 …


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 …

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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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