SuSanA News - World Water Day 2021   
SuSanA News, March 2021
Dear SuSanA Members and Partners,

We would like to celebrate World Water Day with you today, which falls on March 22nd every year! This year's theme, 'Valuing Water' raises the question: what does water mean to YOU? What role does it play in your households, food, culture, and health?
On this important occasion, UNICEF launched its new Initiative 'Reimagining WASH: Water Security for all' and we believe that it is important for every child to have access to water and sanitation. Take a look at their new release on achieving water security for all below.

We are super excited to have the soft-launch of the SusanA publication 'A Sanitation Journey' in the form of this newsletter today.

Furthermore, this SuSanA news edition will provide a selection of ongoing activities in the network, and new and interesting publications for you! We have updates about the SuSanA Forum, the Shit Flow Diagram (SFD) initiative, the Change Management Task Force (CMTF), the upcoming Menstrual Hygiene Day, and the FSM6 Conference! Enjoy exploring the most recent reports, lively discussions, and new publications through the links.

Enjoy exploring and have a great week!

The SuSanA Secretariat
Out now: A Sanitation Journey
New publication by SuSanA and Eawag
The publication 'A Sanitation Journey - Principles, Approaches and Tools for Urban Sanitation' provides an orientation to the sector’s current status and future directions, aimed at both sanitation professionals and those outside the sector. The publication describes the historical background of how urban sanitation in the Global South has developed and how the international discourse about strategies to improve urban sanitation have evolved over the past decades. It also presents a set of proven approaches and implementation tools currently in demand to achieve progress in urban sanitation and hygiene.

On the occasion of World Water Day, SuSanA takes pleasure in launching the digital version of the publication. A virtual seminar on the publication and a launch event (face-to-face if possible) will take place later this year.
Youth and Water Security in Africa
Activities with a focus on youth
An Africa focus session will take place during the 5th General Assembly of the World Youth Parliament for Water (WYPW) for the first time. The first part of the assembly will be held entirely online from March 22 – 26, 2021.
The Africa focus workshop, organised by the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW), will explore the key role of water and sanitation in reaching the SDGs in Africa and the role of African youth in promoting water resources management and greater access to water and sanitation.

Previously, UNESCO partnered with AMCOW and the International Science Council Regional Office for Africa (ISC ROA) in October 2020 to organize a youth capacity building workshop to develop young water professionals aged 15-35 on scientific writing. An international publication on water security along with an online booklet of abstracts were the outcomes.
Schools aiming for the Stars
A simple approach to monitoring WASH standards is triggering action
Schools can help children to develop healthy habits that last a lifetime. In Cambodia, however, many students attend schools that lack basic water, sanitation and hygiene services. Education authorities are committed to closing these gaps. With support from the Regional Fit for School Program, Cambodian schools are using the Three Star Approach to measure their progress towards national water, sanitation and hygiene standards.

The Three Star Approach was also used in the Philippines, where the Department of Education (DepEd) issued an order in 2016 titled “Policy and Guidelines for the Comprehensive Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) in Schools (WinS) Program”. This policy articulates its commitment that no schools in the country will be left behind when it comes to access to safe drinking water, functional toilets, and proper hygiene for all the learners. Read about the progress in the newest report for the school year 2019/2020.
New WASHaLOT 3.0 Guides
COVID-19 and handwashing
The WASHaLOT 3.0 is a low-cost and water-saving hand washing facility. As a COVID response, the programme Water Supply and Sanitation for Refugee Settlements and Host Communities in Northern Uganda (WatSSUP) is supporting measures for improved hand hygiene in institutions. In cooperation with local actors, the programme is implementing WASHaLOTs in Health Care Facilities, COVID-19 quarantine stations and schools in Northern Uganda.
CMTF Updates
On the way to SuSanA 2.0
The members of the SuSanA Change Management Task Force (CMTF) have been meeting virtually the past months and were engaged with the Organisational Development (OD) consultants on the first phase of the OD process from September 2020 to February 2021. The consultants conducted a series of interviews with the CMTF to understand the status quo of SuSanA and its structure, and produced an options paper looking at different types of governance models for SuSanA.

The CMTF is currently reviewing the options as outlined in the reports and will work with the OD consultants in the next phase on the process to develop the new governance model for SuSanA.

For more information, please contact
SuSanA Discussion Forum
End of project report & discussion on survey results
This recently published report summarises the work done under the grant from WSSCC (via UNOPS Geneva) to Skat Foundation to run and develop the SuSanA Forum. It provides the reader a deeper insight on different interventions, statistical data and the development of the Forum under the grant.
The results of a survey on the SuSanA Discussion Forum usage under the grant were already published and presented last year. However, members and partners are still very welcome to engage in the discussion on the results of the survey and your opinion and ideas on the way forward.
Menstrual Hygiene Day Preparation
Think with us!
Menstrual Hygiene Day and the topic menstrual health and hygiene (MHH) should receive the attention and investment it deserves during the post-pandemic recovery. With May 28th approaching fast, a preparatory meeting is underway and designed to help plan and make the most out of MH Day 2021 for all relevant programmes and projects. Join to learn and discuss this year's overall theme, the main global campaign action you can participate in, campaign hashtags and also a sneak peek at the campaign materials. The Forum invites members from different organisations to discuss how they have spent MH Day successfully in the past and what they are planning for this year. One could also exchange ideas, experiences, and suggestions on how to engage decision-makers and the media.
SFD Promotion Initiative
Newest Updates
Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, the SFD Promotion Initiative (SFD PI) Phase 3 team has been busy! You can read all about what they have been up to on the SuSanA Forum. These are the key updates:

- New help videos online
- New SFD Reports online
- New interactive SFD Data page (coming soon)
- Updated SFD Report Templates and new SFD Graphic Generator features

Check out the new features and stay tuned for more SFD updates!
Have you seen us on Social Media?
A compilation of our most active Tweets!
SuSanA Latinoamérica Chapter
The value of water #Water2me
As mentioned above, every year on March 22 is World Water Day. The WWD 2021 focuses on 'the value of water'. On this occasion, the United Nations has launched the #Water2me campaign to learn about how much water means for this planet with the aim of finding the best solutions that ensure its conservation and protection. SuSanA Latin America wants to join this initiative by launching a webinar on the 25th of March on 'El Valor del Agua', which will be held in Spanish.
Support for Local Governments to Execute Water and Sanitation Programmes
Thematic discussion and webinar SuSanA India Chapter
Between February and mid-March, Nitya Jacob, the Chapter Coordinator of the SuSanA India Chapter led a thematic discussions in the Forum on the topic of 'Expertise and resources needed for inclusive and lasting water supply and sanitation' as rural drinking water and sanitation are changing. SuSanA members were invited to share their expertise and knowledge.

The thematic discussion was concluded in mid-March and the synthesis document is in progress. A webinar on this discussion was facilitated by Yogesh Kumar from Samarthan and by Ruchika Shiva from IRC on the first of March 2021 and brought together local government representatives who spoke of their experiences in water and sanitation.
SuSanA Africa Chapter
New Logo, WASH documentary and Webinar Series on
As part of the documentation strategy to amplify women voices in the WASH sector, SuSanA Africa is producing a series of 5-minute videos that will involve collecting WASH stories from women in leadership, sanitation engineers, data analysts, water quality specialists, policy, financial etc. to promote and embrace women in the sector. The videos will come from a variety of countries from 5 regions in Africa.

In addition, the Sex for Water baseline survey and the Innovative and Evidence-based Water Initiatives, that advance water sector transformation and catalyze systems change for improved gender equity were launched. The launch was attended by key policy makers, development partners, and CSOs mainly AMCOW, Water Aid and members.

Last but not least: You are invited to check out the design of the new SuSanA Africa Chapter branding, which has now been completed!
COVID-19 and Sanitation Related Updates
Safety and Lessons Learned
The pandemic has been hard on the WASH sector, and especially on the sanitation workers, who have to overcome the challenges of exposure to health threats such as COVID-19. Many manuals, publications and tool-guides have been published to shed light on these topics and spread awareness on best practices.

Furthermore, the COVID-19 Response publications compile lessons learnt on UNICEF’s COVID-19 response and how to ensure continuity of WASH services and supplies during and after the pandemic. Find the newest entries from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka below.
Safe Reopening of Schools, 2020
The COVID-19 situation has impacted many sectors, including the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) as well as the education sector. It is estimated that, globally, 1.12 billion school children are staying home with a high number of children not continuing their education online. Nevertheless, the COVID-19 outbreak has been addressed and controlled in some countries, and a gradual reopening of Schools, workplaces and public spaces have been announced in these countries.

To ensure that the proper precautions continue to take place, UN organizations and their partners have developed and shared guidelines and checklists to support the reopening of schools. A Mini International Learning Exchange (Mini-ILE) has been organized to help countries prepare for the reopening of schools, with a focus on WASH and infection, prevention and control (IPC) interventions.
New in the Library
New SuSanA partners
We are happy to see SuSanA grow! Since the last SuSanA News, the Karl Kuebel Foundation for Child and Family (KKF), the Building Foundation For Develoment (BFD) and Kujenga Maisha East Africa (KUMEA) joined our community from India, Yemen and Kenya respectively, summing up to 365 partners overall.
Newest Forum Threads
VermiComposting (digesters and filters) in Kigali, Rwanda
Reply by hajo (14.03.2020), last replies by: goeco, hajo, hajo
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