SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://forum.susana.org/ Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:22:47 +0000 Kunena 1.6 http://forum.susana.org/components/com_kunena/template/default/images/icons/rss.png SuSanA - Forum http://forum.susana.org/ en-gb Re: 3rd Anniversary of SuSanA discussion forum! - by: F H Mughal http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/9276-3rd-anniversary-of-susana-discussion-forum#9413 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/9276-3rd-anniversary-of-susana-discussion-forum#9413
Congratulations to you and other secretariat staff and achieving great progress
Do you have any plans for accelerating the progress further in future?

Good luck and keep it up - I like that candle-blowing cartoon!!!!!!!!!

F H Mughal]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:34:07 +0000
Re: 3rd Anniversary of SuSanA discussion forum! - by: Roshan http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/9276-3rd-anniversary-of-susana-discussion-forum#9400 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/9276-3rd-anniversary-of-susana-discussion-forum#9400
Very impressive graph and look forward to seeing similar growth in next anniversary. We need to bring more friends who really do the work in the field to disseminate the right information.

Cheers,

Roshan]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:55:09 +0000
Re: 3,750 milestone achieved! - by: secretariat http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/6403-3750-member-milestone-achieved-for-susana#9304 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/6403-3750-member-milestone-achieved-for-susana#9304 3,750 member milestone has been achieved!!



When we reached 3,000 and 3,500 members, we posed a couple questions, and we would still be interested to hear more:
- why you joined SuSanA?
- how have you benefited from SuSanA?

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!

[posted by Sebastian]]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:03:25 +0000
Re: 3rd Anniversary of SuSanA discussion forum! - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/9276-3rd-anniversary-of-susana-discussion-forum#9284 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/9276-3rd-anniversary-of-susana-discussion-forum#9284
Also a happy birthday from me for your third birthday!



You have come a long way since your second birthday (forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-...ay-susana-forum#4987), continously growing and changing.

As every proud parent, I am monitoring your growth carefully, and it is impressive (even just in the last year you have grown by 1200 members!):



Of course you have your ups and downs ("terrible twos"?) but we know that you are always able to bounce back:



You have many supporters and an excellent godfather who has invested money in providing an environment to foster your growth (German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) who is providing funds to Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH's sanitation program to operate the SuSanA secretariat since early 2007).

Also since end of 2012 another friendly godfather has come to the party and given financial support as well as additional friends who have supported your growth (forum.susana.org/forum/categories/139-in...ates-foundation#2599), and who will - with a bit of luck - continue to do so (your birthday present is in the making but not yet quite ready for announcement!).

Edit on 14 July 2014: this is the birthday present that I was referring to: further co-funding from the Gates Foundation:
sanitationupdates.wordpress.com/2014/07/...na-discussion-forum/


It's been an honour and great pleasure for me - as one of the "parents", as well as now one of the moderators and community managers - to be with you and I look forward to exciting and stimulating times ahead with you, the SuSanA Discussion Forum and all its members, supporters and friends! Thank you.

Regards,
Elisabeth]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:00:32 +0000
3rd Anniversary of SuSanA discussion forum! - by: secretariat http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/9276-3rd-anniversary-of-susana-discussion-forum#9276 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/9276-3rd-anniversary-of-susana-discussion-forum#9276
today marks the 3rd Anniversary of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) open discussion forum! On behalf of the secretariat I would like to thank the community which has filled this forum with life and continues to invest energy in the multitude of great discussions.



It would be great to know how this open forum has helped people, please feel free to reply to this post and let us know, as feedback is always welcome.

With best wishes on behalf of the entire SuSanA secretariat
Trevor]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:55:20 +0000
Re: Roslyn, SuSanA Intern: Thank you and end of internship - by: F H Mughal http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/8753-roslyn-susana-intern-thank-you-and-end-of-internship#8823 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/8753-roslyn-susana-intern-thank-you-and-end-of-internship#8823
F H Mughal]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Mon, 02 Jun 2014 12:01:40 +0000
"Most progressive water utility in Africa” wins 2014 Stockholm Industry Water Award - by: arno http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/8781-qmost-progressive-water-utility-in-africa-wins-2014-stockholm-industry-water-award#8781 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/8781-qmost-progressive-water-utility-in-africa-wins-2014-stockholm-industry-water-award#8781 eThekwini Water & Sanitation, a part of Durban Municipality in South Africa, has been named the 2014 winner of the Stockholm Industry Water Award, for its transformative and inclusive approach to providing water and sanitation services.

www.siwi.org/prizes/stockholmindustrywateraward/winners/2014-2/

My personal congratulations to Neil Macleod at eThekwini Water and Sanitation who has lead this work for so many years. And this is a victory for all the many partners within the sector in the Durban area - there are lessons to be learned by all interested from around the world.

I would like to add as well that the close collaboration between the municipality and the university, especially with the group lead by Chris Buckley at University of KwaZulu-Natal has paid off in a big way for eThekwini.

Sustainable practices within this challenging sector are receiving due acknowledgement. For example, Peter Morgan from Zimbabwe with his lifelong work around innovative ecological sanitation and water access was rewarded the Stockholm Water Prize in 2013. And now eThekwini Water and Sanitation in South Africa that provides a diversity of water and sanitation services to both its urban and peri-urban areas is being acknowledged. This includes the world's single largest program in urine diverting dry toilets numbering over 100,000 in number - a major accomplishment that merits its own press release.

Congratulations from SuSanA!!]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Thu, 29 May 2014 18:15:00 +0000
Roslyn, SuSanA Intern: Thank you and end of internship - by: susanaforum http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/8753-roslyn-susana-intern-thank-you-and-end-of-internship#8753 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/8753-roslyn-susana-intern-thank-you-and-end-of-internship#8753
I have been an intern with SuSanA for the past six months at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit in Germany (although I am originally from Manitoba, Canada ), and today will be my last day with the SuSanA Secretariat.

My background is in Cultural Anthropology, and more recently, a masters in Global Health, so my approach to sanitation topics was originally primarily from a health perspective. Since being with SuSanA, I feel that I have broadened my perspective and knowledge on sanitation from a broad array of issues, which has been strengthened from the discussions on the Forum. I have greatly appreciated the diversity of topics which have arisen on the Forum, and the expertise, interest, and time that Forum users put in towards sharing knowledge and ideas about sanitation. So thank you!

I would like to leave this position with a few links from sanitation issues from my home province of Manitoba which may be of interest.

- A featured article series from 2011 by local Winnipeg newspaper, the Winnipeg Free Press called No Running Water. This features several different issues, including stories, and the effects of rural/remote conditions and lack of sanitation on communities and personal lives: www.winnipegfreepress.com/no-running-water/

- Some general info on wastewater treatment in Winnipeg (the capital city of Manitoba, about 700,000 people): members.shaw.ca/gp.lagasse/process_summary.htm and an explanation of combined sewers (and overflow issues) in Winnipeg www.winnipeg.ca/waterandwaste/sewage/systemOperation.stm.

- From the city of Winnipeg website, is a description of hauled wastewater: winnipeg.ca/waterandwaste/sewage/hauledWastewater.stm. Note that approximately “15% of Manitobans rely on private water supplies as their source of drinking water” (www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/waterstewards...ater-well/index.html)

- Also, for anyone who’s been to Manitoba before, and knows just how flat it really is, you may be interested in this article on lift stations: winnipeg.ca/waterandwaste/sewage/crane/default.stm.

Thanks again for the correspondence, and a special thanks to Elisabeth and Trevor for the support for myself and the forum over the last months

Roslyn

A prairie summer day in Manitoba
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By SuSanA secretariat or core group Wed, 28 May 2014 08:33:50 +0000
Re: Cartoon Competition for World Water Day in India: Help Break the Taboo around Sanitation! And the winners are... - by: Florian http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7469-cartoon-competition-for-world-water-day-in-india-help-break-the-taboo-around-sanitation-and-the-winners-are#8398 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7469-cartoon-competition-for-world-water-day-in-india-help-break-the-taboo-around-sanitation-and-the-winners-are#8398
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By SuSanA secretariat or core group Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:59:05 +0000
Re: Cartoon Competition for World Water Day in India: Help Break the Taboo around Sanitation! And the winners are... - by: susanaforum http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7469-cartoon-competition-for-world-water-day-in-india-help-break-the-taboo-around-sanitation-and-the-winners-are#8369 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7469-cartoon-competition-for-world-water-day-in-india-help-break-the-taboo-around-sanitation-and-the-winners-are#8369 Have you had any experience with contacting them in the past? Also, would you mind to provide links to one or two of the specific image galleries that you've referred to?
Thank you,
Roslyn]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:38:43 +0000
Re: Cartoon Competition for World Water Day in India: Help Break the Taboo around Sanitation! And the winners are... - by: joeturner http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7469-cartoon-competition-for-world-water-day-in-india-help-break-the-taboo-around-sanitation-and-the-winners-are#8336 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7469-cartoon-competition-for-world-water-day-in-india-help-break-the-taboo-around-sanitation-and-the-winners-are#8336 By SuSanA secretariat or core group Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:53:48 +0000 Cartoon Competition Cartoons and Story Featured in "Cartoon Watch" Magazine! - by: susanaforum http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7469-cartoon-competition-for-world-water-day-in-india-help-break-the-taboo-around-sanitation-and-the-winners-are#8335 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7469-cartoon-competition-for-world-water-day-in-india-help-break-the-taboo-around-sanitation-and-the-winners-are#8335
Here's the link: www.cartoonwatchindia.com/issue.php?id=8UCQC6QOTZ

Have a look through the cartoons, and read the story of how the idea of the cartoon competition developed and took place, and let us know which cartoons are your favourites!

(Posted by Roslyn)]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:29:17 +0000
Re: 3,500 milestone achieved! - by: susanaforum http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/6403-3750-member-milestone-achieved-for-susana#8257 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/6403-3750-member-milestone-achieved-for-susana#8257 3,500 member milestone has been achieved!!



When we reached 3,000 members, we posed a couple questions, and we would still be interested to hear more:
- why you joined SuSanA?
- how have you benefited from SuSanA?


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!

(Posted by Roslyn)]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:56:00 +0000
Re: SuSanA Flickr Gallery Reaches 10,000 Photos!! - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/8093-susana-flickr-gallery-reaches-10000-photos#8133 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/8093-susana-flickr-gallery-reaches-10000-photos#8133
The 8 people that were thanked here personally above have done really well in enriching this photos collection and they stand for all the others who have also provided photos. I haven't counted it but my guess is that about 100 person have sent in their photos in the past six years (we started this database in 2008). So thank you to you all and please keep the photos coming!

I thought it would be interesting to see what the "winning" photos were (based on the "interestingness ranking" which Flickr calculates based on click rates, comments, favourites and similar. Here they are:

First the ones showing good/innovative sanitation situations: (click on the photo to obtain more information about this photo)

From Nadira, Afghanistan:



From Peter, Zimbabwe:





From Heike, Peru:





From Emery: Kenya



And here the ones showing bad sanitation situations: (click on the photo to obtain more information about this photo)

From Yaniv, India:



From Ina, Uganda:



From Jacob, Bangladesh:



From Doreen, Kenya:



Thanks again to Heike, Ina, Nadira, Yaniv, Doreen, Peter, Jacob and Emery!

One thing we were discussing recently is why the "bad sanitation" photos usually come up so high in the statstics, and also whether it is morally OK to show such bad sanitation photos, particularly when people are clearly visible in them. Personally, I think it is OK, but only because we are doing it with a specific aim in mind: to alert people to these deplorable conditions and to encourage a change, and political and civil will to change something. (and of course no photographer should take such a photo against the will of a person depicted on the photo)

What is your opinion on this matter? Are we being sufficiently sensitive towards this issue?

Regards,
Elisabeth]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:12:41 +0000
Re: Cartoon Competition for World Water Day in India: Help Break the Taboo around Sanitation! And the winners are... - by: susanaforum http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7469-cartoon-competition-for-world-water-day-in-india-help-break-the-taboo-around-sanitation-and-the-winners-are#8101 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7469-cartoon-competition-for-world-water-day-in-india-help-break-the-taboo-around-sanitation-and-the-winners-are#8101 Top 20 Cartoon Entries is now up!!


Click on the following link to look through the gallery: www.susana.org/lang-en/videos-and-photos/cartoon-gallery

(Posted by Roslyn)]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:21:23 +0000