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15th SuSanA meeting, Cairo

May 2012 | Egypt

The 15th SuSanA meeting was held in Cairo, Egypt. This SuSanA meeting was different from previous ones, as it was integrated into the main event, the 4th Africa Water Week which took place from 14-18 May 2012. SuSanA convened Session 8 of Sub-theme 1 ("Water and Sanitation for Development") in the main program as well as two side events.

Please find below the documentation of this event. The descriptions for each of the sessions can be viewed as pdf in the respective section. The presentations given at the sessions can be downloaded as well (as powerpoint file or as pdf file). 

If you have any questions or comments about this meeting, the presentations or the video clips, please make a posting on our discussion forum here.

Impressions of the meeting

Photos of the meeting

First video of the meeting:

Launch of checklist - Improving Effectiveness of German Development Cooperation
in the Water and Sanitation Sector in sub-Saharan Africa (BMZ)

Further video clips of the presentations (for full session titles see further below):

Side Event 1 (SuSanA, Germany/Japan in SSA):

Session 8 (Sustainable sanitation & hygiene):

Side Event 2 (Capacity development):


Side event 1 - 16 May 17:30-19:00

"Inspired by SuSanA: Development partners strengthen their focus on sustainable sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa - the example of Germany and Japan"

Session description

Chair: Nicole Kranz (GIZ, Germany)


  • What can 180 partners achieve together for sustainable sanitation? Introduction to the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance
    (Arno Rosemarin, Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden; Senior Research Fellow) (pdf) (ppt)
  • Improving Effectiveness of German Development Cooperation in the Water and Sanitation Sector in sub-Saharan Africa
    (Stefanie Lorenz on behalf of BMZ Ministry, Germany; advisor) (pdf) (ppt)
    • Check-list for Improved Effectiveness in the Water and Sanitation Sector in sub-Saharan Africa (pdf)
    • Read related posting on discussion forum
  • Water Supply and Sanitation  in Low-Income Areas of Kampala, Uganda
    (Andreas Holtkotte, KfW Development Bank, Germany; Head of Water and Sanitation Division, Sub-Saharan Africa) (pdf) (ppt)
  • Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement in Rural Areas of Tambacounda, Kedougou and Matam - JICA's new technical cooperation project in Senegal
    (Junji Wakui, JICA, Japan; Director of Water Resources Management Division 2) (pdf) (ppt)
  • Launch of SuSanA publication: Compilation of 13 factsheets on key sustainable sanitation topics (see here to download)
    (Elisabeth von Muench, GIZ, Germany; Program leader "Sustainable sanitation - ecosan") (pdf) (ppt)
    • Read related posting on discussion forum

Session 8 in Subtheme 1 on "Water and Sanitation for Development": 17 May 14:00-15:30

"Sustainable sanitation and the role of hygiene in the value chain"

Session description

Session report

Chair: Elisabeth von Münch (GIZ, Germany)


  • Sanitation Systems and their Functionality in Health Protection
    (Arno Rosemarin, Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden; Senior Research Fellow) (pdf) (ppt)
  • Reinventing the Toilet – Building the sanitation industry along the value chain
    (Doulaye Koné, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USA) (pdf) (ppt)
    • Read related posting on discussion forum
  • Promoting Improved Sanitation and Hygiene: Beyond Infrastructure (with examples from USAID's Hygiene Improvement Project between 2004-10 in Ethiopia and Madagascar)
    (Rochelle Rainey, USAID, USA; Senior Technical Advisor at USAID Global Health Bureau)  (pdf) (ppt)
  • Menstrual Hygiene Management in Africa
    (Lindlyn Moma, Water Aid; Regional Advocacy Manager for Southern Africa) (pdf) (ppt)
    • Read related posting on discussion forum
  • Diarrhoea Dialogues: From Policies to Progress
    (Stephanie Gill, Tearfund, UK; Public Policy Offer for Water and Sanitation) (pdf) (ppt)

Side event 2: 17 May 17:30-19:00

"Closing the gaps: Building up capacities and creating enabling environment for sustainable sanitation and water management in Africa"

Session description

Read related posting on discussion forum.

Chair: Anselme Vodounhessi (African Union and AMCOW, Ethiopia)


  • The SuSanA Working Group on capacity development; key messages and example of a WG 1 product: The Sustainable Sanitation and Water Management (SSWM) Toolbox (
    (Dorothee Spuhler, seecon, Switzerland; Project manager) (pdf) (ppt)
  • cewas: strengthening the business skills of SMEs and other organisations active in the field of sustainable sanitation and water management
    (Johannes Heeb, cewas, Switzerland; CEO) (pdf) (ppt)
  • Promoting the understanding of integrated water resources management at various levels through a network approach
    (Nick Tandi, Cap-Net, South Africa; Water Resources Specialist) (pdf) (ppt)
  • Bridging the gaps within academia from different disciplines and the private sector
    (Bernard Groosjohan, AskNet, Mozambique; Advisor of Rectorate, University Eduardo Mondlane) (pdf) (ppt)

Further information on the Africa Water Week 2012:

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