- Category: SuSanA newsmail 2017
- High Attendance at the 23rd SuSanA meeting in Chennai
- 4th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference held in Chennai, in February 2017
- SFDs at scale at the FSM 4 Conference in Chennai, India
- SuSanA celebrates its 10th Anniversary and is getting ready for the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development
- MHM Thematic Online Discussion held on the SuSanA Forum
- Launch of the SuSanA Regional Chapter Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
- Thematic Online Discussions on Corporate Engagement and FSM held by the SuSanA India Chapter
- SuSanA Wikipedia Edit-a-thon improved WASH articles on the online encyclopedia
- 24th SuSanA meeting to take place in Stockholm, Sweden on 26 August 2017
- New and Improved SuSanA Forum
- Update from the SuSanA Webinar Series
- SuSanA opens up a new Working Group on Behaviour Change
- SuSanA Discussion Forum Digest: what has been discussed?
- Sharing Knowledge: Recently uploaded publications in the SuSanA library
- SuSanA welcomes new partners!
- Up-coming training events and courses
Group Picture 23rd SuSanA Meeting, Chennai
The 23rd SuSanA meeting took place in Chennai, India on 18 February 2017 prior to the 4th Faecal Sludge Management Conference (FSM4). It was organised by the India Sanitation Coalition, Ecosan Services Foundation, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Madras) and the SuSanA Secretariat.
More than 150 sanitation professionals, experts and enthusiasts from India and abroad joined the meeting and discussed opportunities and challenges of scaling-up sustainable sanitation, planning approaches for urban sanitation, the political drive in India and opportunities for knowledge sharing.
The plenary meeting, which was held under the umbrella of the SuSanA India Chapter, successfully connected different actors in the region and encouraged lively discussions.
The 23rd SuSanA meeting was complemented by a SuSanA WG7 meeting (WASH in Schools) and an open exchange Forum on 17 February 2017. Working Group 4 (Systems and Technologies) and Working Group 1 (Capacity Development) met during the FSM4 conference as well.
All the presentations of the meeting, videos and pictures can be found here.
The 4th conference on developments in Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) took place in Chennai, India where the State Government recently initiated measures to address FSM with regard to policy, regulation and innovative solutions. The conference brought together more than 1000 professionals working in the sector, including utilities, service providers, cities, governments, academics, scientists, consultants, donors and industries, to support the global initiative of disseminating sustainable solutions for FSM. Focus was put upon innovative and practical solutions that can be scaled up. The FSM4 was structured into three tracks: research, case studies, and industry and took place for three days.
SuSanA is the “digital home” for the FSM4 conference and all presentations, audio recordings, conference abstracts and speaker’s biographies are now available on the SuSanA platform here: http://fsm4.susana.org/
FSM4 Workshop in Chennai
The FSM 4 Conference held in Chennai presented and discussed the state-of-art of approaches to FSM. The high representation of the SFD approach could be observed in several posters, presentations and in the case study compilation, which contained experiences from Bangladesh, Mozambique, South Africa and Indonesia. In many cases, the approach has been customized to fit the different implementation contexts within different organizations and countries. This represents the value of graphic representation of the flows and fate of excreta for advocacy, planning and decision-support in cities and towns.
The SFD Promotion Initiative presented recent developments of the project and experiences with the SFD approach in five presentations and two posters which can be found here. In the presentation ‘Lessons learnt from developing SFDs at scale which can be found here, the results of the analysis of the outcomes of 47 SFDs was presented and discussed with the audience.
Partners of the project also held a full-day workshop on how to prepare an SFD. It was the first face to face training carried out using the online SFD Graphic Generator launched in December 2016. A live demonstration of the tool can be recapped in the recording of the webinar conducted in January 2017 and in the quick start video
4. SuSanA celebrates its 10th Anniversary and is getting ready for the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development
On 17th January 2017, Susana celebrated its 10th anniversary in Eschborn, Germany where SuSanA was founded in 2007 by a range of actors who were actively involved in the sanitation sector. This year’s anniversary celebration took place under the theme "10 years SuSanA: How the changed sanitation paradigm contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals". During the celebration, SuSanA’s achievements, milestones and impact in the sanitation sector were reflected upon. SuSanA’s way forward was paved and the alliance’s contribution to the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development was discussed. Moreover, a final draft of SuSanA’s so-called vision document: “Contribution of Sustainable Sanitation to the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development” was presented to the public for the first time.
The document reflects the new context of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and outlines SuSanA’s contribution to the Agenda 2030. We envisage launching the final version of SuSanA’s vision document at the 24th SuSanA meeting connected to this year’s Stockholm World Water Week.
The draft version of SuSanA’s Vision document is available on the SuSanA platform and we welcome any feedback on the discussion forum here.
For all the presentations, pictures and videos from SuSanA’s 10th anniversary, please click here.
A 2 weeks discussion on how to address taboos and barriers regarding Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Schools organized by GIZ together with the SuSanA Secretariat was running on the SuSanA Discussion Forum from 27 March to 09 April 2017.
While nowadays the topic is gaining more and more attention, it has widely been neglected in the past. SDG4 (education), SDG5 (gender equality) and SDG6 (water and sanitation) require female friendly sanitation facilities and available informational materials (on MHM) at schools around the globe.
Taking into account the magnitude of the population affected by issues around MHM, schools provide an ideal environment to reach girls and young women and to address taboos and misconceptions in a culturally sensitive manner.
The discussion was structured along two topics:
- Theme I - Breaking the taboo around MHM (27 March - 02 April 2017). Thematic Lead: Dr. Marni Sommer (Associate Professor, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health)
- Theme II - Infrastructural barriers and how to monitor MHM (03 April – 09 April 2017). Thematic Lead: Thérèse Mahon (Regional Programme Manager South Asia, WaterAid)
Follow the link here to be directed to the respective topics above. A synthesis of the discussion will be made available soon.
The SuSanA Secretariat, together with the following SuSanA partners, Cewas Middle East, GIZ, the German WASH Network, BORDA, ACWUA, BENAA and Eawag have set up a SuSanA Regional Chapter for the MENA Region (Middle East and North Africa). The overall goal of the MENA Regional Chapter is to develop and strengthen the capacities of organisations and individuals in the sector of sustainable sanitation in the MENA Region to increase the resilience of vulnerable populations. The MENA Chapter has been launched at the Arab Water Week in Jordan in March 2017 and a roadmap for 2017 has been developed. By establishing a Regional Chapter MENA, SuSanA opens its knowledge pool and makes content relevant and adapted to the MENA context accessible for the Arabic and French speaking communities, for professionals and students looking to advance sustainable sanitation in the region.
More information about the Regional Chapter MENA are available on the SuSanA Platform: http://www.susana.org/en/regional-chapters/mena-chapter.
Two more thematic online discussions were held by the SuSanA India Chapter since our last News Mail.
In December 2016, the India Sanitation Coalition organised a four-week discussion on exploring opportunities and challenges of corporate engagement in sanitation.
The discussion not only focused on corporate engagement via Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), but also took on different forms of engagement like microfinancing and starting a business in sanitation. Since the India Companies Act of Section 135 from 2013 was amended to make it compulsory for companies to spend 2% of their net profits on corporate social responsibility, sanitation has been one of the areas of attention.
More information and a synthesis of the discussion are available here.
A second thematic online discussion focused on Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) and took place in January 2017. As India strives for “Swachh Bharat” (clean India) FSM has become a common term, although no fixed definition is in place. With this thematic discussion, the India Sanitation Coalition together with the SuSanA Secretariat drew attention to role of FSM in city sanitation planning and engagement opportunities for the corporate sector.
More information and the synthesis of the discussion are available here.
With Wikipedia being the ‘go-to’ source of information for much of the world and the fifth most visited site on the Internet, WASH-related topics on Wikipedia are of great value to those working in the sector, like local government actors working on policy and legislation or journalists looking for information on sanitation. International UN days such as World Water Day are occasions when the number of people looking to Wikipedia to gain an understanding of WASH related issues peaks. With that in mind, the SuSanA Wikipedia Edit-a-thon took place prior and during the World Water Day in March 2017 and brought together more than 50 volunteers who edited and improved existing Wikipedia articles, added images and illustrations, created new articles, and translated English articles into other languages. As a result 14 new WASH related articles were created on Wikipedia and more than 120 articles edited.
The SuSanA Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is part of a larger project to support the continued growth and development of SuSanA’s knowledge management services funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. More information about the Edit-a-thon and how you can help editing Wikipedia articles are available here.
We are happy to announce that the 24th SuSanA meeting, hosted by the Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI), will take place in Stockholm, Sweden on 26 August 2017. The meeting will take place prior to Stockholm World Water Week and a live stream is planned for SuSanA members who are unable to make it to Stockholm. To ensure active participation from online participants we will also organise a twitter chat.
More information about the 24th SuSanA meeting, SuSanA WG meetings and SuSanA sessions at the Stockholm World Water Week will be available here. Please stay tuned!
Have you had the chance to look at the new and improved SuSanA discussion forum? As you may know, under the grant from the Gates Foundation to SEI, the SuSanA Forum has been updated to a new Kunena Version. The new version is already online here and we would be very pleased to get your feedback. We recently carried out a usability study for the SuSanA platform (mother website and forum) using the User Experience Centre (USC) at Bentley University in Boston, USA. The changes that have been made are based on the results of the study which you can find here. We would be very keen to hear your feedback on the SuSanA forum. Please provide your comments in this post and we shall consolidate all the feedback that we receive.
Since our last News Mail, SuSanA has hosted five webinars as part of our webinar series. Recordings are available for all five.
“Improving Wikipedia’s sanitation content” took place in November 2016 and explored the importance and potential of Wikipedia for spreading information and awareness about sanitation topics, be it online or offline, in English or in other languages. Learn how easy it is to become involved by improving Wikipedia content, by clicking here: http://www.susana.org/en/resources/webinar-series/susana-monthly-webinar-6-improving-wikipedia
On 16 December 2016 GIZ organised a webinar on “Climate change and the water cycle” .The webinar discussed how climate change is aggravating the challenges that water and wastewater utilities face and strategies for decarbonizing the sector. Case studies from Peru, Mexico and Thailand demonstrated that through energy generation from biogas, energy efficient pumps, water loss reduction and water reuse, carbon emissions can be significantly reduced across the urban water cycle. The video is available here: http://www.susana.org/en/resources/webinar-series/susana-monthly-webinar-7-climate-and-water
In January 2017, the SFD Promotion Initiative presented the online tools, including the recently launched SFD Graphic Generator and the modalities of support available. An excreta flow diagram (or shit flow diagram, SFD) is a tool to readily understand and communicate how excreta ‘flows’ through a city or town. In case you missed the webinar, you can access it here: http://www.susana.org/en/resources/webinar-series/susana-monthly-webinar-8-making-sfd-graphics
Two different approaches to sanitation marketing, one in the urban context, and one in rural areas were presented in the webinar "Learning from experiences in urban and rural sanitation marketing” which took place in February 2017. The webinar hosted by SuSanA partner organisations Water Services Trust Fund Kenya and iDE Global provided insights on the key elements of success for their organisations sanitation marketing related work. The video can be viewed here: http://www.susana.org/en/resources/webinar-series/susana-monthly-webinar-9-sanitation-marketing
Finally, a webinar on "Multi-Sectoral Actions for WASH – the theoretical vs. the practical" took place in March 2017. In this webinar a continuum of integration, from small programme adjustments to move towards integration to the ideal of what a fully integrated programme could look like, were shared from the BabyWASH Coalition. Practical examples of how countries have successfully moved along that continuum from World Vision’s experience in Uganda, and ACF’s experience in compiling a new WASH and Nutrition guidebook were presented as well. In case you missed the webinar, you can access it here: http://www.susana.org/en/resources/webinar-series/susana-monthly-webinar-10-multi-sectoral-wash
Given the large demand by SuSanA members to have a platform to discuss topics around Behaviour Change, a new SuSanA Working Group has been established.
Working Group 13 aims at fostering learning about Behaviour Change amongst SuSanA members, promoting collaboration and synergies amongst those working in Behaviour Change, and raising the profile of the importance of addressing Behaviour Change in relation to sanitation goals.
The Working Group is led by Bijan Manavizadeh (Global Handwashing Partnership), Sarah Dickin (SEI) and Om Prasad Gautama (WaterAid).
More information about WG 13 are available on the SuSanA website http://www.susana.org/en/working-groups/behaviour-change and the Discussion Forum: http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/274-wg-13-behaviour-change
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Several new publications have been added to the SuSanA Library summing up to 2299 entries to date. We would like to highlight the following publications to you (click here for the complete library)
- UNESCO (2017). WASTEWATER - The Untapped Resource.
- UKS, GIZ and UNICEF (2016). Kenapa Berdarah? - “Why bleeding?”
- Shepard, J., Stevens, C., Mikhael, G. (2017). The world can’t wait for sewers - Advancing container-based sanitation businesses as a viable answer to the global sanitation crisis. EY, WSUP
- Tilley, E. et al. (2017). Arabic Compendium of Sanitation Systems - نُظموتقنياتالصرفالصحي. IWA, Eawag
- Luthra, B. et al. (2016). Pipe Dream - Cleaning Ganga - Down to Earth Cover Story. Down to Earth Magazine
- Naina Lal Kidwai (2016). Tying up with sanitation ecosystems. Down to Earth Magazine
- Rohilla, S., Watwani, J., et al. (2016). Urban Shit - Where does this sludge go?. Down to Earth Magazine
- Saxena, S., Nath, V., Shahpuri, A., Bauer, M. (2017). Corporates in Sanitation - The value proposition - White Paper. India Sanitation Coalition
- Jacob, N., Bauer, M., Falkenhausen, A. (2017). Faecal Sludge Management - The pathway to ‘Clean India’? - A Thematic Discussion Series hosted by India Sanitation Coalition and SuSanA. SuSanA
- Toetzke, J. (2016). Linking WASH & Nutrition – A Roadmap towards Better Health - Thematic Discussion Synthesis. Sustainable Sanitation Alliance, Germany
We welcome the following new partners who have recently joined SuSanA, bringing the total number to 293 partners. SuSanA members can apply online to have their organisation become a partner here (see also our selection criteria).
Biome Environmental Trust from India
BENAA from Egypt
Institute of Water Resources Planning from Vietnam
Water Services Trust Fund from Kenya
Frank Water from the UK
Habitat for Humanity India
Reaching hand from India
Empower and Care Organisation from Uganda
Bangladesh Environment Development Society
Centre de Recherches et des Technologies des Eaux (CERTE) from Tunisia
Beaumont from the United States of America
Governance Systems International from Uganda
Clean Up Nepal
European Environment and Health Youth Coalition (EEHYC) from Lithuania
Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGMVP) from India
AKUT Environmental Engineers Burkard & Partner from Germany
Get updated on SuSanA events by visiting our events calendar here. A few up-coming events worth noting are:
3rd annual Aid & Development Asia Summit, Nay Pyi Tam, Maynmar, 14.06.2017 - 15.06.2017
Arne, Anne, Doreen, Shobana, and Aloka
Arne Panesar, Annkathrin Tempel, Doreen Mbalo, Shobana Srinivasan, and Alokananda Nath
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