TOPIC: SuSanA Mission Statement

SuSanA Mission Statement 17 Sep 2012 11:36 #2271

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Dear all,

Following on from my suggestion in Stockholm that we should have a mission statement, I have been working on one with a few members mainly from SEI and GIZ. In the original email I copied some information from Wikipedia to give us guidelines as to what a mission statement should be and look like, and an example.

I print this here:

A Mission Statement should:

· Define what the organisation is;
· Be limited to exclude some ventures;
· Be broad enough to allow for creative growth;
· Distinguish the company from all others;
· Serve as a framework to evaluate current activities;
· Be stated clearly so that it is understood by all.

Vern McGinis

Example:
Courtyard by Marriott - "To provide economy and quality minded travellers with a premier, moderate priced lodging facility which is consistently perceived as clean, comfortable, well-maintained, and attractive, staffed by friendly, attentive and efficient people"

It has had some evolving and went from these:
1.
SuSanA provides a visible user friendly information-sharing platform for existing and emerging sustainable sanitation systems, which can play a role in the provision of long-term solutions wherever they may be needed.
2.
SuSanA is a visible platform and community of practice to exchange knowledge on sustainable sanitation systems, in the provision of long-term integrated sanitation, water and hygiene solutions for the communities of the world.
3.
SuSanA unites practitioners, policy makers and academia around the vision of sustainable sanitation and provides a visible user friendly information-sharing (and networking) platform for the members with information on existing and emerging sustainable sanitation systems, which can play a role in the provision of long-term solutions wherever they may be needed.

to this, the latest version:

SuSanA is an informal network of organisations and individuals that share a common vision relating to sustainable sanitation solutions. It provides a platform for discussion and interaction, and contributes to international dialogue in order to encourage integrated sanitation, water and hygiene policies.

Bearing in mind the guidelines and example given above, we would welcome your input as to the latest version and any suggestions you may have. It needs to be sharp, snappy and informative.
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Re: SuSanA Mission Statement 18 Sep 2012 20:55 #2280

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Dear David,

In my view, one thing that distinguishes SuSanA from others and with a high added value is the open sharing of knowledge. It could be added in the sentence : it provides a platform for discussion, open sharing of knowledge etc...
Thank you for starting this discussion !

Best regards,

Cecile
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Re: SuSanA Mission Statement 20 Sep 2012 21:33 #2288

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Dear SuSanA community

We have received some feedback via email from some core group members on the mission statement which I am posting here.

Christoph Lüthi (Eawag/Sandec) responded with the following:

Eawag-Sandec would like to emphasize the best practice work that has been a focal area of many WGs:

SuSanA is an informal network of organisations and individuals that share a common vision of sustainable sanitation solutions. SuSanA provides an open platform for discussion, collaboration and knowledge sharing, and its working groups contribute to international dialogue in order to encourage best practices and integrated policies in the sanitation, hygiene and water sector.


Conrad Thombansen (GIZ) put forward the following two versions
SuSanA is an open, user friendly and visible platform uniting practitioners, policy makers and academia around the topic of sustainable sanitation solutions and can advocate for the promotion of broad access to viable sanitation services.

SuSanA is an open, user friendly and visible platform that unites practitioners, policy makers and academia and can advocate for the promotion of broad access to sustainable sanitation services.


Please encourage everyone you know in the SuSanA community to read this thread and contribute to it. As consensus building requires many voices.

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Re: SuSanA Mission Statement 30 Sep 2012 03:54 #2353

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Dear David

Just before you wind-up on this search of 'mission statement' I reckon you may consider SuSanA as a 'hub of information exchange,education and awareness creation' and probably add 'also dissemination of this information to stakeholders in the sanitation sector'.

Thanking you

S.Mwaniki
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Re: SuSanA Mission Statement 01 Oct 2012 09:15 #2357

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Dear SuSanA community

After some more discussion, the following refined SuSanA mission statement has been submitted via email by Conrad Thombansen (GIZ);
SuSanA is an open, user friendly network uniting practitioners, policy makers and academia around the topic of sustainable sanitation solutions and advocates for the promotion of broad access to viable sanitation services.

We look forward to receiving more input to this discussion about the mission statement of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA).

Rgds
Trevor
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Re: SuSanA Mission Statement 03 Oct 2012 08:19 #2375

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I don't think the word "uniting" is appropriate here. This is not the "United Nations for Sanitation." I would prefer use of words like sharing and interacting.

Before refining the mission statement, I would invite attention to the title "Sustainable Sanitation Alliance" and its abbreviation "SuSanA." They appear a bit odd. I think the readers should first suggest simple title. Abbreviation will follow easily.

The purpose of sanitation solutions is to provide benefits to the people. During my nearly 40 years’ of experience in water and sanitation, I always advocate that no real benefits from sanitation solutions can be obtained, unless hygiene aspects are also involved (and, water is embedded in hygiene). And, I have the first hand experience of the issue. The title, therefore, may have some reflection of hygiene; even though, say, sanitation takes 75% share and hygiene takes 25% share, in the sanitation network.

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Re: SuSanA Mission Statement 04 Oct 2012 22:17 #2396

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my take on SuSanA's mission statement - feel free to borrow - re-work - etc ...

SuSanA is an open collaborative space where on the ground experiences are linked to a deep community made up of practitioners, policy makers, and academia working to promote sustainable sanitation innovations, research, and events.

or Maybe mission statements could be 2 sentences - ?

SuSanA is a platform dedicated to promoting sustainable sanitation innovations, research, and events. It links on the ground experiences with a deep rooted engaged community made up of practitioners, policy makers, and academia.
Stephen Sauder, M.Sc., M.A., B.A
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Re: SuSanA Mission Statement 21 Oct 2012 10:29 #2500

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Dear all, thank you to those who have contributed to this discussion. I apologise that I have not been able to get back to this subject sooner, but it has been a little busy!

When I started this process I spoke to several brand and marketing experts who suggested keeping things simple, avoid jargon and don't try to be all things to all people. Many of their ideas will be reflected in our website as it evolves over the next few months. We are a very jargon driven industry, although sometimes we don't realise this (I have tried to reduce the times I use the word 'interventions' as this is a word that is not in general usage, yet we use a lot). I like bits of what you all have written so I will do my best to come up with a collaborative next version. I am leaving for India in mid November and not back until mid-December, and at that point we may have had new suggestions that will enable further refinement.

I have gone over this several times and at the moment I think it is a bit clumsy. Let's get a broad consensus and then I can tidy up the next version.


SuSanA is an informal network dedicated to researching and promoting viable and sustainable sanitation solutions, while helping the development of best practice and integrated policy templates. It links on the ground experiences with an engaged community made up of practitioners, policy makers and academia.


Regards, David
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Re: SuSanA Mission Statement 23 Oct 2012 22:22 #2516

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Thank you David for taking this discussion further!

Here my comments:
1) There may be a way to turn it the way that the members and partners of SuSanA are actually "dedicated to researching and promoting viable and sustainable sanitation solutions
2) Optionally, aspects on what SuSanA is offering to its members and how it works could be included. Key words are: coordination platform, working platform, sounding board or It provides a platform for discussion and interaction...

All together we would get something like:

SuSanA is an informal network of individuals and organisations dedicated to researching and promoting viable and sustainable sanitation solutions. It provides a platform for discussion and interaction, helping the development of best practice and integrated policy templates. It links on the ground experiences with an engaged community made up of practitioners, policy makers and academia.

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Re: SuSanA Mission Statement 25 Oct 2012 09:55 #2528

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Thanks to everyone who has contributed to developing the mission statement further. To me Dorothee's version reads quite elaborate now, and I can certainly find myself in this.

Re: SuSanA Mission Statement 25 Oct 2012 22:35 #2530

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Dear all
Thank you all for this very interesting discussion arround the mission statement.
At SEI we sat down and looked at varios statements and we did not at this time have Dorothee statement at hand which is good statement however we want a statement where we would be able to recognize SuSanA.
We are very much in favor of the mission statement from Eawag-Sandec
“SuSanA is an information network of organizations and individuals that share a common vision of sustainable sanitation solutions.
SuSanA provides an open platform for discussion, collaboration and knowledge sharing and its working groups contributes to
international dialogues in order to encourage best practices and integrated policies in the sanitation , hygiene and water sector.”

We really beleive that the vision document is the glue that tie us together and unite us therefor it is very important to mention it. We also think that the word viable is implicit in the formulation of sustaianable sanitation so we would like to take it out from the mission statement.
All the best from the north....snow in Stockholm today
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Re: SuSanA Mission Statement 26 Oct 2012 07:41 #2532

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The following is a reply received via email, which I am posting here with Belinda's consent.

Dear Trevor,

You have 'mission impossible' trying to get agreements on one mission statement. I quickly went to see the conversations and postings on the blog and not there has been many evolutions. So I do not want to change this one!
I would suggest (personally and as UNICEF) that a few persons in SuSanA secretariat finalise it, ASAP!
Secondly, in terms of English it is good- but I would drop words like 'template' and 'engaged', as it sounds sophisticated but does not lend any itself relevance for the wider non-English audience. Keep it simple and easy to understand. Note you also have to translate it in French, Spanish and other languages!!!!!
So I agree with the mission statement in principle.
However, I have always questioned how we can remain informal but then try to formally influence policy and best practice. At some point it will need to be formalised to hold accountable/ or support organisations to meet the mission!
Thanks for taking time to include my thoughts,

Belinda

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I have received a number of replies via email, but will only post them once I have consent from the authors.

Kind regards
Trevor

Note this reply is answering the question:
"Do you agree with the collated SuSanA mission statement?"

And is referring to the following version of the mission statement:

SuSanA is an informal network dedicated to researching and promoting viable and sustainable sanitation solutions, while helping the development of best practice and integrated policy templates. It links on the ground experiences with an engaged community made up of practitioners, policy makers and academia.
Posted by a member of the SuSanA secretariat held by the GIZ Sustainable sanitation sector program
Located at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Eschborn, Germany
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