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SuSanA members can participate in 13 thematic working groups (abbreviated as "WG" on this website). See below for the aims of each WG. These WGs cover a range of sanitation aspects. They provide outputs that underline the problems and opportunities of these aspects. The WG members exchange information and ideas. They collaborate to provide outputs and action plans.

Click on the schematic on the right to see how Working Groups relate to the sanitation chain and to each other.

The energy of the working group members ensures activity in the discussion forum and at meetings. For more information, please visit the working group pages below.

I am new to a working group, what can I do?

New members of working groups should contact the respective working group lead to introduce themselves and to get active in the working group. On each working group´s main page, you can find the working group leads of each group, their photos and a short video to highlight some of the relevant issues. You can also start taking part in the discussions of the working group in the discussion forum.

How do I contact the working groups?

On each working group's main page, you can find the group's lead and co-lead with e-mail addresses and their photo.

Working Group 1

Capacity development

This working group aims to create a global network to accelerate and strategically influence capacity development to scale up sustainable sanitation

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Working Group 2

Market development

Working Group 2 showcases best practices and promotes uptake of rigorous market assessment and programming, including financing for sustainable sanitation service delivery.

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Working Group 3

Climate Mitigation and Adaptation, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and resilience

This working group aims to raise general awareness for the energy potential of the sustainable sanitation approach and its prospective contribution to reduce dependence on imported or fossil energy sources. 

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Working Group 4

Sanitation systems and technology options

This working groups aims at delivering adequate information on all sustainability criteria of different sanitation systems and technologies. This includes possible sanitation technology configurations, and will facilitate decision making, implementation and operation.

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Working Group 5

Food security and productive sanitation systems

This working group aims to raise awareness for the reuse-oriented sustainable sanitation approach, its prospective contribution to global food security and to promote this approach on a large scale.

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Working Group 6


The overall aim of this working group is to develop strategies on how cities can adopt an appropriate planning, implementation, and management process that leads towards more sustainable sanitation solutions.

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Working Group 7

Sustainable WASH in Institutions and Gender Equality (Leave No One Behind – in communities, schools and other institutions)

Raising general awareness for sustainable WASH in institutions and gender equality by creating discussion fora and enhancing networking opportunities.

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Working Group 8

Emergency & reconstruction situations

The objective of this working group is to combine the knowledge from experts in the fields of sanitation with the knowledge from experts in the field of emergency response and reconstruction.

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Working Group 9

Public awareness, advocacy and civil society engagement

Working Group 9 seeks to break the silence on the sanitation crisis with powerful messages that mobilize action from the media, community leaders and government decision makers.

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Working Group 10

Operation, maintenance and sustainable services

The main task of this working group is to discuss and disseminate relevant information related to best practice examples of operation and maintenance systems for sustainable sanitation by elaborating fact sheets, case studies, posters and other information materials.

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Working Group 11

Groundwater protection

The main aim of this working group is to create awareness and formulate recommendations for the protection of groundwater through sustainable sanitation.

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Working Group 12

WASH and nutrition

Raise awareness for the links and opportunities for integration between WASH and Nutrition (including health and other relevant sectors) by providing space for practitioners to discuss experiences, best practices, research, challenges and gaps.

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Working Group 13

Behaviour change

Promoting collaboration and synergies amongst those working in Behaviour Change.

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Our library has more than 3,000 publications, factsheets, presentations, drawings etc. from many different organisations. It continues to grow thanks to the contributions from our partners.

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Shit flow diagrams (SFDs) help to visualize excreta management in urban settings. Access SFDs and more through the SFD Portal.

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