SuSanA news mail August 2014

SuSanA News Mail August 2014 (Le Mail d'Actualités de SuSanA -  Auguste 2014; Correo de noticias de SuSanA - Agosto 2014)

Dear SuSanA members and partners,

This e-mail informs you about the latest news from SuSanA and the SuSanA partners. This e-mail is sent to 5041 subscribers and contains the following topics:

  1. Online registration for the 18th SuSanA meeting in Stockholm now open
  2. Four SuSanA seminars and side events at Stockholm Water Week
  3. Save the date: 19th SuSanA meeting in Dakar Senegal 6-7 October
  4. 3rd Anniversary of SuSanA discussion Forum
  5. SuSanA launches new website on 12 August 2014
  6. Update on sharing results from sanitation grants of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  7. Forum news
  8. SuSanA welcomes a new partner
  9. Monthly SuSanA discussion forum digest: What has been discussed?
  10. Sharing knowledge: Recently uploaded publications in the SuSanA library
  11. Upcoming partner events and training courses

1. Online registration for the 18th SuSanA meeting in Stockholm now open

The 18th SuSanA meeting will be held in Stockholm, Sweden on 5 September 2014 (Friday) and 6 September 2014 (Saturday), directly after the Stockholm World Water Week 2014 (SWWW). The meeting will be hosted by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the SuSanA secretariat (located at GIZ).

Registration is now open, please register here:

You can view details about the meeting as well as the draft agenda on the meeting page here:

There is no registration fee for the event but you must cover your own travel expenses and accommodation. Your registration will assist us in the preparations for the meeting, so we require all attendees to register for this reason. There is no financial support offered from the SuSanA secretariat to attend this event. Please do not register if you are not yet sure if you can attend. Please feel free to contact the SuSanA Secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any queries.

2. Four SuSanA seminars and side events at Stockholm Water Week

Sanitation Business Models for Safe Resource Recovery and Reuse (RRR)

Date: 2014-09-02
Time: 09:00-12:30
Room: T6

The seminar will combine the highlights of research on over 60 successful business cases and extracted business models for resource recovery and reuse in developing countries with a discussion on their applicability in a range of settings with practitioners and entrepreneurs. However, use of human waste presents risks and potential benefits to public health that need to be managed. The Sanitation Safety Planning Manual will also be presented to illustrate the practical implementation of the 2006 WHO Guidelines for Safe Use of Wastewater, Excreta and Greywater.

Streamlining Strategies for Humanitarian Aid in the WASH Sector

Date: 2014-09-03
Time: 09:00-12:30
Room: K11

Together with the seminar participants the strengths and weaknesses of existing humanitarian aid strategies will be discussed and boiled down to specific recommendations in support of on-going national strategy development processes (e.g. Germany). Dialogue is to be fostered between governments and non-state-actors in order to specifically increase coordination and collaboration, building upon the 2013 seminar called “Aid Effectiveness in the WASH Relief to Development Transition”, which called for actively drawing more humanitarian WASH actors to Stockholm than have been present in past years.

From Faecal Sludge to Fuel: Safe Sanitation with Business Opportunities

Date: 2014-09-03
Time: 14:00-17:30
Room: K22/23

This seminar includes two sessions covering all aspects of faecal sludge management (FSM), followed by a multi stakeholder discussion focused on energy recovery and FSM as an integrated approach for sustainable sanitation based on profitable businesses.

New Concepts and Technologies for Sanitation in Emergency Settings

Date: 2014-09-04
Time: 14:00-17:30
Room: K24

This event will describe how humanitarian agencies have sought to increase private sector and academic engagement in developing sanitation equipment; the new concepts and technologies developed; how they performed in the field; and ask how the work can be taken forward. New technologies include equipment for wastewater treatment, de-sludging, toilets in difficult contexts, alternatives to traditional toilets, and hand washing.

3. Save the date: 19th SuSanA meeting in Dakar Senegal 6-7 October

The AfricaSan 4 will take place from 8-10 October in Dakar, Senegal. To make use of this opportunity the SuSanA Secretariat is planning a two Day SuSanA meeting prior to the AfricaSan in Dakar on the 6 and 7 October. The meeting will build on the developments in the SuSanA meeting in Stockholm and focus on the contributions SuSanA can make in Africa through Africasan. A number of sessions from SuSanA and its partner organisations are planned during the conference. To follow on the developments in AfricaSan and the SuSanA meeting in Dakar check the forum here: Registration for this meeting will be announced at a later date.

4. 3rd Anniversary of SuSanA discussion Forum

For the third anniversary of the SuSanA Forum, we went to have a look at some statistical data. We found that the trend of member activity and interaction is almost as positive as new Forum registrations. That means that people who register in the Forum largely do so because they really want to get in contact with members. That again is a good sign for the quality of topics and conversations they find on the Forum. Congratulations to the Forum Users for successful three years!

3750 Forum Users!
We are very excited to announce that the 3,750 member milestone has been achieved!!

Thank you to all members who have joined and contributed over the past years, and we look forward to welcoming new members, and the continuing involvement of SuSanA members!

Let us know why you joined the SuSanA Forum and how you have benefited here: on the forum.

5. SuSanA launches new website on 12 August 2014

The new SuSanA website will be launched on the 12 August 2014. The new website includes new functionalities, a few examples being working group wiki pages, partner pages that can be edited by the partner organisations and the ability for partners to list projects and research that they are conducting. The diferent new functionalities will be described and discussed in the SuSanA forum post launch.

Note: The current SuSanA website will be offline on 11 August 2014.

6. Update on sharing results from sanitation grants of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has provided co-funding for the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) Discussion Forum for the last 1.5 years and this has catalyzed knowledge exchange amongst experts and engaged citizens within the sanitation, water and hygiene sector.

On the 3rd anniversary of the SuSanA Discussion Forum, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) is happy to announce that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has given a follow-up grant to SEI for “Extension of the SuSanA Discussion Forum” (thereby supporting online knowledge management, dissemination and peer discussions of the BMGF Water, Sanitation and Hygiene projects). The grant is worth 250,000 USD and will span a period of 18 months, starting in July 2014.

The activities of the grant are clustered to support the following three main outputs:

  • Make the SuSanA Discussion Forum a highly accessible, comprehensive and authoritative workplace for the water, sanitation & hygiene community around the world.
  • Ensure that the kernels of knowledge arising from the many innovative projects funded by the Gates Foundation Water, Sanitation & Hygiene strategy program are put into the hands of the professional community with the aim to disseminate and implement.
  • Catalyse communication among professionals within the community in order to enhance learning and exchange of experience.

You can find more information here:

We are proud of the fact that all the work that the SuSanA members and the SuSanA secretariat have collectively put into this network since 2007, and into the Discussion Forum since 2011, is being recognised in this way by an important actor and donor in the field of sustainable sanitation worldwide, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

7. Forum news

Featured User May 2014: Chris Canaday

We are pleased to announce the Featured forum user for May Chris Canaday for his frequent, considerate, detailed, helpful and interesting forum posts which often have a focus on environmental sustainability aspects.

Here is a link to his forum profile (visible only for logged-in users):

Chris is one of the earliest members of SuSanA – with registration number 88 – and has been contributing to the forum since the start in 2011. Chris regularly contributes detailed posts, particularly on the theme of urine-diverting dry toilets (UDDTs), but also on urine diversion processes in general, composting processes, soil microbiology, using compost as cover materials in UDDTs, and on health aspects. Based on his work in Ecuador, he strongly engages on the issues of UDDTs and failings of flush and sewer-based toilets, with a particular emphasis on the importance of environmental sustainability and conservation.

Although Chris is originally from California, USA, he has lived in Ecuador for the last 23 years, where he currently works primarily out of Omaere Ethnobotanical Park.

Click here for a detailed two-part interview with Chris on the Forum:

Featured User, July 2014: Ina Jurga

We are pleased to announce Ina Jurga from Germany as the featured forum user for the month of July.

Here's a link to her profile and posts:

Ina joined the SuSanA Forum in December 2011 with registration number 1387. Ina regularly contributes to topics on Menstrual Hygiene Management as well as WASH in schools. Based in Berlin after years of international experience, she is now working with WASH United, a partner organisation of SuSanA.

Ina's posts are always worth reading, they are thoughtful, detailed and full of enthusiasm, especially for the "difficult" topic of menstrual hygiene management which - thanks to people like Ina - is now fast becoming an "easier" topic, some even say a fad of the day in development cooperation or at least in the WASH sector in development cooperation. Who would have thought?

Ina is currently working in Berlin, Germany.

Click here for a detailed two-part interview with Ina on the Forum:

8. SuSanA welcomes a new partner

We welcome the following new partner who have recently joined SuSanA, bringing the total number to 231 partners.

The Centre for Integrated Urban Development (CIUD) is an NGO working on urban issues, and thriving towards developing livable cities. At present CIUD is working with 7 municipalities and projects are spread over 4 districts of Nepal. Urban development, Water and Sanitation (WASH), Solid Waste Management and Rainwater Harvesting are the present project CIUD is undertaking.

9. SuSanA discussion forum digest: What has been discussed?

If you would like to receive the Forum Digest by e-mail, you simply need to register as a SuSanA member and choose the frequency that you wish to receive the Forum Digest.

Do you need feedback on your publication from other sanitation experts or would you like to share your thoughts on a certain publication? Our new publication discussion section on the SuSanA discussion forum is just the right place for you!

  1. Options for treatment of Septage
  2. Quantities of faecal sludge from pits, tanks etc.
  3. Press Release: iDE Cambodia hits 100,000 latrine sales in 2 years (twin pit pour flush toilets) - and general discussion
  4. Use of lime for faecal sludge treatment? (pilot project by iDE in Cambodia and other examples)
  5. Uttar Pradesh rape and murder of cousins who were grabbed while using a field as a toilet (India) - and Violence, Gender and WASH
  6. The elusive effect of water and sanitation on the global burden of disease
  7. Self built Clivus Multrum composting toilet (Clivus Minimus) - in Ukraine (questions on air duct system)
  8. Open defecation solves the (lower) child mortality puzzle among Indian Muslims
  9. Concerns about quality of the forum
  10. Can fish be grown in ponds into which the sewage is released? (aquaculture) - and health risks

New announcements under Jobs and Internships, Events, Publication Discussions, Call for Proposals (projects and awards).

10. Sharing knowledge: Recently uploaded publications in the SuSanA library

Since the last news mail, we have added another 39 documents to the SuSanA library bringing the total number to 1695 (see oour library where the most recently uploaded documents are shown at the top of the list).

We highlight the following publications to you:

11. Upcoming partner events and training courses

World Toilet Summit, Singapore

26.08.2014 - 27.08.2014

World Toilet Summit is a unique global event established by the World Toilet Organization to bring together various sanitation stakeholders under one roof to connect and collaborate on innovative inventions, projects and products in the sanitation sector. This annual event is jointly organized by a host government and the World Toilet Organization.

Base of the Pyramid (BoP) World Convention, Singapore

28.08.2014 - 30.08.2014

The inaugural BoP World Convention, to be held at ITE Central College, Singapore, is a unique forum that encourages key stakeholders from multiple sectors and industries to share knowledge, engage with issues and explore partnerships to bring sustainable and affordable solutions that could impact millions of lives. The convention will provide an action-oriented platform that features high-level discussions between the public and private sectors.

Stockholm World Water Week, Stockholm, Sweden

31.08.2014 – 05.09.2014

Stockholm World Water Week(SWWW) is hosted and organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). The World Water Week has been the annual focal point for the globe's water issues since 1991. The theme for this year’s SWWW of "Energy and Water" and will be held between August 31 and September 5.

37th WEDC International Conference, Hanoi, Vietnam

15.09.2014 - 19.09.2014

The WEDC International Conference is a comprehensive event, which seeks to catalyse the international development goals and processes, providing continued professional development appropriate to local contexts and international good practice. Loughborough University will be co-hosting the conference with the National University of Civil Engineering, Hanoi, Vietnam. Dedicated to the sharing of knowledge and development of capacity in WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) appropriate to local contexts, the WEDC International Conference provides a valuable platform for reflection, debate and exchange, rooted in practice.

2014 IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition, Lisbon, Portugal

21.09.2014 - 26.09.2014

The International Water Association (IWA) will organise the high-profile IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition in Lisbon, Portugal this year. IWA expects participants who work in all facets of water, from big-picture issues such as conservation of water resources, through to the science and management of practicalities such as drinking water, wastewater and stormwater.

2014 Africasan 4, Dakar, Senegal

8.10.2014 – 10.10.2014

AfricaSan is an AMCOW initiative to help agencies and governments shape strategies for action to realise the eThekwini Commitments on sanitation in Africa. It provides a forum for sanitation technical experts to exchange lessons about approaches and technologies that work best in their local circumstances.

You can find more information on events, jobs 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 discussion forum

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Rahul and Trevor

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