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Topics in Category: Announcements regarding SuSanA - SuSanA Forum Thu, 25 May 2017 12:37:10 +0200 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management /media/kunena/images/icons/rss.png Topics in Category: Announcements regarding SuSanA - SuSanA Forum en-gb Forum upgrade successful!! What do you think? - by: JKMakowka Announcements regarding SuSanA Wed, 24 May 2017 11:21:17 +0200 “Contribution of Sustainable Sanitation to the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development” – SuSanA’s revised Vision Document now open for discussion! - by: muench
you said:

@Elisabeth: You said that the pictures in the heading of the paper should be changed. I agree. Would you like to suggest any alternative pictures from the SuSanA Flickr Account?

Selecting suitable pictures always takes a long time as there are many parameters to consider. Therefore, to save us time, I would suggest that you use some of the same pictures that were used in the SuSanA flyer (see here on the Forum: or here in the library: ). Oh wait, now I just realised that the flyer from 2016 had only two photos (handwashing and group photo). The flyer from 2014 had more (also available here: ).

How about having a photo or two from SuSanA meetings, i.e. the nice group photos?
As I said above: I would not use any photos of UDDTs, as we don't want to perpetuate the wrong image that SuSanA = ecosan = UDDTs.

Otherwise I can only recommend that someone scours through SuSanA's photos on flickr:
You could perhaps look at the click rates and pick out photos that have been proven to be most popular (although that might be certain technology photos which might also not be suitable),

Perhaps we can also encourage members to submit their favourite sustainble sanitation photos (if they are not yet in the SuSanA flickr database of photos).

Announcements regarding SuSanA Wed, 03 May 2017 14:52:53 +0200
We have a mobile version of the forum for smartphones and tablets - Further improvements (and what about an App?) - by: muench

Everything should be pretty similar to using it on a desktop or laptop but one added feature that the mobile phone version allows is sharing a thread with friends in Whatsapp!

So if you like to use Whatsapp, just try it out. Go to the bottom of this thread and click on the Whatsapp symbol for sharing.

Personally, I use Whatsapp a fair bit for sharing info, e.g. when I read an interesting article on BBC news I might share it by using Whatsapp with my husband or friends.

What do you think?

If you spot anything that needs improvement with the mobile version just put it into this thread or into the other thread where we collect feedback on the recent forum update:


P.S. Please put the forum icon onto your mobile phone home screen so that you can use the forum with your mobile phone more easily when you are "on the go".]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:47:42 +0200
New video: SuSanA's milestones and impacts from 2007 to 2017 (by SuSanA members and Thilo Panzerbieter) - by: Doreen
If you’re new to SuSanA you might be wondering what has SuSanA been up to in the last 10 years? How and why did it all start? Who were the key people involved over these 10 years?

You can find all that out now by watching an entertaining video which contains the story of SuSanA, told by people who were there:

Please have a look and tell us what you think!

The video is a bit long (48 minutes) but how about you just jump in somewhere and get entertained and informed. Thilo Panzerbieter is moderating the stories of the different people. In the video you will see and hear from:
  • Uschi Eid
  • Arne Panesar (re-aneacting a crucial phone call with Arno Rosemarin)
  • Arno Rosemarin
  • Roland Schertenleib
  • Madeleine Fogde
  • Juergen Eichholz
  • Dayanand Panse
  • Doreen Mbalo
  • Elisabeth von Muench
  • Jack Sim (via video)
  • Graham Alabaster
  • Trevor Surridge
  • Isabel Blackett
  • Annkathrin Tempel
  • Vishwanath Srikantaiah
  • Michael Kropac
The video was recording during the "SuSanA's 10th Anniversary Celebration" in Eschborn on 17 January 2017 (see here for more information and to see other videos from this day: )

A very funny section is the re-enacment of the phone call by Arne and Arno in December 2006 where they pondered over the upcoming Year of Sanitation in 2008, and decided to have a meeting in early 2007 to discuss sustainability issues (this meeting became the “birth” of SuSanA). It starts at 6:24 into the video (the link below should take you straight there; if it doesn't then go to minute 6:24 in the video):

Please have a look and tell us what you think!

A link to this video has now also been included in the Wikipedia article about SuSanA in the history section:

Best regards,

Doreen & Elisabeth]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:40:22 +0200
Thank you for celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance with us! - by: secretariat
Kindly note that in addition to the World Café videos on YouTube, further videos from SuSanA's 10th Anniversary celebrations are available on our YouTube channel.

Please find the link to the playlist here:
SuSanA's 10th Anniversary

Photographs of the event are also uploaded:
SuSanA's 10th Anniversary Photos

Best regards
on behalf of SuSanA Secretariat]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:26:30 +0200
Sustainable Sanitation Alliance receives grant of $2.7 million to further develop its global knowledge platform - by: muench at 48 minutes into the video recording from the SuSanA meeting:

If you click on the link you will see Doreen's presentation followed by Esther Shaylor, followed by Alison Parker (Cranfield Uni collaboration) and a remark by Arne Panesar (GIZ).

The camera work at this event really was superb so if you have a few minutes to spare, I invite you to take a look, and enjoy seeing and hearing your fellow SuSanA members present!

Thanks to the SuSanA secretariat and whoever was involved in doing these videos for doing such a great job! All the presentations and recordings are available here:


* Grant: “Supporting SuSanA and the broader Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Community of Practice through an online platform”, see on Page 1 of this thread for more details.]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Thu, 13 Apr 2017 22:51:22 +0200
Results from SuSanA Platform Usability Study - now available for your comment - by: muench
Thanks for your feedback! Indeed, we also felt that the library was very important and included using the library as one of the 6 tasks in the usability study. We found out that the way the library can be filtered does not seem to be intuitive enough. The filtering function, which is also used in the project database, is currently under discussion here:

As to your second point:

If the site is made such that the forum posts all appear in a "collapsed form" as suggested, please make a button that allows to show the thread as it appears now

Point well taken. This is something that we can anyway only do if the new Kunena version allows it (I suspect it doesn't). Whereever possible, if we make a major change, we would let the users choose and customise how they would like to have it (e.g. currently, where the default is to see posts in chronological order - i.e. most recent at the end of the thread - but users can also change it to most recent posts at the start of the thread.

Is there any further feedback or reactions from other SuSanA members? Did any of the struggles that users reported also feel familiar to you?

One thing that can up again is the slow loading time of the SuSanA website and forum. For the SuSanA website we will remove the logo set which is currently on almost every page and slows down loading of the page. Hopefully this will help a bit.

Announcements regarding SuSanA Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:13:38 +0200
Share your work with us: Sign up to present in our monthly SuSanA webinars - by: secretariat
We are very happy to inform you that the SuSanA Webinar Series has its own menu item in the resources section on the SuSanA website

Please follow the link below!

Here you will find information on dates, content and presenters of the conducted SuSanA Monthly Webinars. Furthermore, you can find the links to watch the full video recordings on Youtube and to follow the discussions on the forum!

Enjoy the Webinar Series!

Kind regards,
Martin, on behalf of the SuSanA secretariat]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:17:37 +0100
SuSanA Regional Chapter MENA launched at 4th Arab Water Week! - by: secretariat

Next to available resources and engagement opportunities, contributions to the Regional Chapter MENA from SuSanA partners cewas/ seecon, eawag and BORDA have been presented. The session closed with a vivid discussion between Mufleh Alalaween Al Abbadi (SDC), Dr. Almoayied Assayed (Royal Scientific Society), Eng. Malek Rawashedeh (ASG WAJ) and Prof. Dr. Ghada Kassab (University of Jordan), moderated by Dr. Maha Halalshe (GIZ Jordan), about the main challenges within the MENA Region to be addressed by the SuSanA Regional Chapter MENA in future.

One of the key publications within the new released SuSanA Regional Chapter MENA Library was launched right afterwards: The Arabic version of the eawag Compendium of Sanitation Systems and Technologies. Accompanied by TV and media representatives as well as the Chief General of ACWUA Khaldoun Kashman, and Christoph Lüthi (eawag) presented the Compendium in Arabic to the public.

Softcopies of the latest version in Arabic can be found here – as well as the “original” English Version here .]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:47:18 +0100
SuSanA's first regional chapter: India launched! - documents for library? - by: magdalenabauer
thanks. I uploaded 3 publications this week.

Two things came to my mind here:

1. the term "open access" makes more sence, I agree. And I would like to add here that not only availability might be the problem, but also language and overall the level of academic writing of which some practicioners might not be familiar with (and not so eager to sit down to read a 200 page long article). The idea of summarizing these things for the susana library came to my mind. It would be a huge timeconsuming task but maybe this would be a way to "break it down" a bit and encourage people to read a shorter version with perhaps easier language (like in Germany official documents also are formulated in "easy language") so people whos first language is not English might understand better. Or would that just be a duplication of wikipedia?

2. For bringing the library up to date a similar thing like the wikedia edit-a-thon might be interesting to try. E.g. you could set up a timeframe for people to share their publications and promote that widely throughout the network. A feature should be that the most recent publications should be uploaded and then it can be published in the NewsMail as well. I like to think that everyone publishing a document would have interest to spread the word and get people to read it....

Anyway, my internship is basically over and I hope I could support in this regard for a bit!

Kind Regards,
Announcements regarding SuSanA Sun, 05 Mar 2017 17:30:18 +0100
The SuSanA Flyer - an updated version now available (June 2016) - by: Carol McCreary Note by moderator: Carol is referring to Jonathan's post above from 21 Aug 2014.

Thank you, Jonathan. PROMOTING and UNDERSTANDING are two different things. The final wording "dedicated to ADVANCING sustainable sanitation systems" makes sense.

I don't have the brains or years left to educate myself to your level of understanding. But I have enough understanding to know how important it is to promote your work and that of others. Plus it's rather fun hanging out on the shoulders of giants. :-)

By the way, we're actively promoting the free MOOC "Planning and Design of Sustainable Sanitation Systems and Technologies" and the Compendium, as well as forming virtual study groups.]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Thu, 13 Oct 2016 17:01:33 +0200
7000 SuSanA members and growing! - by: secretariat
I'm glad to announce that our forum community just past the 7000 mark! :)

Thank you for the interesting discussions, forum posts and publication submissions! Welcome to the new forum members!

You can see our growth curve here:

Kind regards,

Antonio Seoane Dominguez
on behalf of the SuSanA Secretariat
Located at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Eschborn, Germany

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Announcements regarding SuSanA Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:36:53 +0200
Feedback: Have a chat with us: „Open microphone“ SuSanA online webinar 18 June - by: arno We use various predetermined layouts during presentations. We have used breakout rooms. And recently we set up a dial-in account. This will be used later this month.

Maybe you would like to hold a webinar on a relevant topic?
Announcements regarding SuSanA Thu, 09 Jun 2016 21:13:56 +0200
How has SuSanA impacted your work? Please provide testimonials, stories and examples - by: osbert I hardly spend a day without checking on the updates, new posts, opportunities for partnership, grants.]]> Announcements regarding SuSanA Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:47:48 +0200 SuSanA vision documents now with open access clause instead of all rights reserved - by: muench
However, I am disappointed that the Hindi version is still missing. We have 651 SuSanA members from India ( ) and none of them have volunteered to translate five sentences from English to Hindi? Come on, Indian SuSanA members, someone give yourself a push... :ohmy:

This is the paragraph that needs to be translated from English to Hindi:

Copyright information

All SuSanA materials are available under the open access licence CC-BY SA. Proper acknowledgement of the source should always be given when materials are used.
This licence statement only applies to materials by SuSanA but not necessarily to documents and presentations by others that have been uploaded to the SuSanA library or SuSanA website. For those documents by others, please check their licence situation carefully before using them. In any case, always make sure you give proper acknowledgement of the source

Or how about someone from the new India Sanitation Coalition? ( )

The difficulty with Amharic I can understand a bit better (we only have 103 SuSanA members from Ehtiopia).

Announcements regarding SuSanA Mon, 22 Feb 2016 02:22:01 +0100