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newsmail sept. 2011

SuSanA News mail September 2011

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  Dear SuSanA members and partners,

This monthly e-mail informs you about the latest news from SuSanA and the SuSanA partners. For latest in-depth discussions please visit the SuSanA discusssion forum and for more frequent news updates please visit our facebook page: ( This e-mail is sent to 2338 subscribers of the SuSanA mailing list and contains the following topics:

1. Feedback from the 14th SuSanA meeting and the Stockholm World Water Week
2. Meeting of SuSanA cities and planning working group (WG 06)  at WSSCC Global Forum in Mumbai
3. Monthly digest of the SuSanA discussion forum
4. New SuSanA publications
5. New publications from SuSanA partners
6. SuSanA partner WAND Foundation wins Tech Awards in the US
7. New SuSanA partners
8. SuSanA partner event: Dry Toilet Conference in August 2012
9. Website tip of the month: Standard presentation slides about SuSanA now online




1. Feedback from the 14th SuSanA meeting and the Stockholm World Water Week

The 14th SuSanA meeting was a successful meeting with a vibrant exchange of knowledge and opportunities for networking. The meeting was hosted by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) prior to the Stockholm World Water Week 2011 (SWWW).

To view the minutes and all the presentations from the SuSanA meeting and have impressions of the meeting through photos, please visit the SuSanA website here:

A  meeting of the SuSanA core group took place after the SuSanA meeting. The minutes of the meeting can be downloaded here:

SuSanA also organised a side event during Stockholm World Water Week. The topic of the side event was "Can Urban Sanitation be Sustainable? Sustainable Sanitation Alliance Learnings". We also launched two new publications “Sustainable Sanitation in Cities – A Framework for Action” and “Community-Led Urban Environmental Sanitation (CLUES)" dealing with sustainable approaches to urban sanitation.

The minutes and presentations can be accessed on the SuSanA website here:

2. Meeting of SuSanA cities and planning working group (WG 06) at WSSCC Global Forum in Mumbai

The SuSanA cities and planning working group is organising a working group meeting at the WSSCC Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene which is taking place from 8 - 14 October 2011 in Mumbai, India. The meeting aims to discuss on how the Working Group could support the Community of Practice (COP) to be launched by WSSCC during the Global Forum and which tasks it could undertake in future. 

Date: 12 October
Venue: Renaissance Mumbai Hotel and Convention Centre
Time : 18.15 - 20.00

For latest updated information of this meeting please visit:

Please inform us of your participation in the meeting in doodle here: Please note that only registred participants of the WSSCC global forum will be able to take part in this event.

For more information on the Global Forum and registration, please visit
For more information on the cities and planning working group, please visit

3. Monthly digest of the SuSanA discussion forum

Since its launch in July at the 13th SuSanA meeting in Kigali, the new open discussion forum on sustainable sanitation has seen quite a flurry of postings. All postings are readable by everyone and searchable by search engines like Google. All registered SuSanA members can contribute to the forum by creating new discussion topics or answering questions. How about taking a look today to see if you like it? You can also subscribe to an e-mail alert service (after logging in). Examples for topics which have been discussed so far are given below.

Access the discussion forum:
Discussion on faecal sludge management:
Discussion on menstrual hygiene management:
Discussion on urine diversion dehydration toilets:
Discussion on mobile sanitation systems like peepoos or a urine diversion toilet pot:

Direct contact person in case of technical problems or suggestions: Philipp Feiereisen (GIZ) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you have a SuSanA login already but have forgotten your password, please click here to obtain a new password (you need a login and password to make postings but not for reading):

4. New SuSanA publications

SuSanA factsheet book (draft)
This factsheet book comprises of 13 factsheets from the SuSanA working groupsand should be seen as a starting point for further discussions and further work. These factsheets are useful for decision makers, planners, researchers, engineers and the interested public. This book is still a draft version. We are currently working with the authors to update some of the factsheets further and to come out with a finalised version in late 2011.

Some of the factsheets are currently being updated by the respective working groups. You can view the  discussions in the discussion forum and also actively participate in editing the factsheets.

WG 1 - Capacity development:
WG 5 - Food security and productive sanitation systems:
WG 6 - Cities and Planning:

Download factsheet book :

Sanitation experts brainstorm in Kigali, Rwanda
The Africa Water & Sanitation magazine in its September/ October edition featured an article on the 13th SuSanA meeting  in Kigali. The magazine is distributed for free in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and various other countries. It describes the activities and outcomes of the 13th SuSanA meeting which took place at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) in Kigali, Rwanda, from 17 – 18 July 2011.

Download journal article:

5. New  publications from SuSanA Partner

GIZ Sustainable sanitation - ecosan Newsletter No. 41
The program "Sustainable sanitation - ecosan" carried out by GIZ on behalf of the German ministry BMZ  publishes a quarterly newsletter with information on projects, publications, events, new photos and videos and other issues related to ecological sanitation, as well as on sustainable sanitation. The latest 41st newsletter is now published.
Download newsletter:
(The French version will be available online on 29 September)

Sandec News 2011
The Sandec yearly news Journal for 2011 is now published. The journal contains a wide range of interesting publications such as:

  • Urine as a resource in Nepal
  • Small-scale sanitation challenges in the Nile Delta
  • Capacity strengthening in sanitation – Benefits of a research–operator collaboration
  • Planted drying beds for faecal sludge treatment: Lessons learned through scaling up in Dakar, Senegal
  • Presenting the community-led urban environmental sanitation guidelines
  • Providing sanitation solutions through value chain management
  • A newly launched project in Sub-Saharan Africa will transpose faecal sludge from waste to a valuable product.

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New GIZ Factsheet: Making sustainable sanitation inclusive for persons with disabilities
This factsheet describes the challenges, scale of the problem, background and barriers which stop people with disabilities from accessing sanitation facilities. It also includes the approach to sanitation system planning, technical adjustments for accessible toilets and additional costs. The factsheet is intended for water/sanitation sector professionals who are planning or implementing water/sanitation programs. It also gives an example of an innovative accessible dry toilet, the bench urine diversion dehydration toilet (UDDT) whose main advantage is that it can be indoors, thus increasing access and reducing distance compared to pit latrines.

Contact: Elisabeth von Münch (GIZ)This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Photos of sanitation for people with disabilities - good and bad examples:
Join the discussion on this topic here:

Video clip from children's show in German TV: Struvite production and fertiliser experiment (with English subtitles)
A sustainable sanitation system is installed at the main building of the GIZ headquarters in Eschborn, Germany and is explained to children in this popular German TV show called Pur+. The treatment and recycling of urine within the sustainable sanitation system is part of a research project called "SANIRESCH". The system consists of urine-diversion flush toilets, waterless urinals, separate piping systems for urine, tanks for urine storage and a precipitation reactor to produce phosphorus fertiliser from urine. The second part of the TV program shows the function of the struvite fertiliser with an impressive experiment which was conducted in the botanical garden at the University of Mainz in Germany.

Watch video clip from children's show in German TV with English subtitles: (for English subtitles please press CC at the right corner of the video window).
Please find more information about the SANIRESCH project at

6. SuSanA partner WAND Foundation wins Tech Awards in the US

A signature program of The Tech Museum, The Tech Awards is an international awards program that honours innovators from around the world who are applying technology to benefit humanity. Water, Agroforestry, Nutrition, and Development (WAND) Foundation from the Philippines won this prestigious award in the US after selection from 600 nominees. On 20 October, WAND will be honoured with the 'Intel Environment Award' for their efforts in using technology to benefit humanity during Silicon Valley’s foremost awards program. The award is for developing a low-cost composting toilet using local materials. The intended impacts are improved water quality, reduced parasite infestation and diarrheal disease, and production of valuable fertilizer from human waste.

Further information

7. New SuSanA partners

The SuSanA network has recently expanded with 6 new partner organisations joining the network. We warmly welcome our new partners and now have 163 partner organisations in the network.
A brief introduction to each new partner organisation follows.

158: Concern Worldwide (Ireland) - For more than 40 years, Concern has been dedicated to reducing suffering and fighting hunger and poverty.

159: Ecotact (Kenya)  - launched the Ikotoilet initiative two years ago. Since then they have invested US$ 1.2 Million in construction of 40 facilities in 12 municipalities in Kenya thereby serving an average of 300,000 people daily with safe water and sanitation and creating a pool of 100 employees.

160: Technologies for Economic Development (TED)  -  is a Lesotho based NGO registered in 2004. It is integrated in national and international networks on renewable energies, sustainable sanitation, and climate protection through biodiversity conservation and avoidance of land degradation.

161: Ecodomeo (France) -  provides dry toilets as a modern solution for today’s homes. Their special design allows them to fit into any type of home environment.

162: CIT Urban Water Management AB (Sweden) - provides services within strategic planning and development of water and wastewater systems based on a comprehensive approach to service delivery and sustainability.

163: Safi Sana Foundation (The Netherlands/Ghana) -  works to develop scalable, local business models to produce and market renewable energy and organic fertilizer, while providing quality sanitation and clean water services to communities in (sub)tropical areas.

8. SuSanA partner event: Dry Toilet Conference in August 2012

The SuSanA partner "Global Dry Toilet Association" in Finland is proud to announce the fourth Dry Toilet Conferences under the theme of: "Drivers for ecological dry toilets in urban and rural areas".
The 4th Dry Toilet Conference:
Date: 22-25 Aug 2012

9. Website tip of the month: Standard presentation slides about SuSanA now online

Do you wish to give a presentation about SuSanA to someone? You can now use this "standard presentation" about SuSanA and adapt it to your needs! Good luck in promoting SuSanA and the partnership of your organisation (if applicable). Please do give us your feedback about this presentation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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You can find more information on events and news on the SuSanA website: We invite you to send us information on events and news items for publication on the SuSanA website. To provide comments and questions, please e-mail us or use our facebook page or use our discussion forum (

Kind regards from Eschborn (Germany),
Rahul, Philipp and  Elisabeth

Rahul Ingle,  Philipp Feiereisen and Elisabeth von Muench
on behalf of the SuSanA secretariat
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