SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://forum.susana.org/ Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:45:20 +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 Sustainable Sanitation Alliance receives grant of $2.7 million to further develop its global knowledge platform - by: arno http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19521 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19521 Reminder/repeat of the official project announcement:

Sustainable Sanitation Alliance: Grant of $2.7 million to supercharge sustainable sanitation knowledge platform

The Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) through the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) has received a US $2.7 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the continued growth and development of SuSanA’s online knowledge-management and collaboration services.

“With this generous grant we will be able to enrich SuSanA’s services with the needs not only of our current active users but also potentially huge new user groups in the Global South and in the private sector as well – stakeholders who can play a pivotal role in scaling up sustainable sanitation access,” says Arno Rosemarin (SEI), project leader of this grant.

The project will be led by Stockholm Environment Institute and implemented by a consortium that includes Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), WaterAid and Oxfam, as well as specialized additional consultants.

Founded in 2007, SuSanA is an open international alliance, with a network of over 7300 individual members and 282 partners. Since its beginning, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development is supporting the SuSanA Secretariat that is hosted by GIZ. SuSanA’s mission is to promote innovation and best practices in sanitation policy, programming, implementation and scaling up, by linking on-the-ground experience with an engaged community of practitioners, policy-makers, researchers and academics. In particular, SuSanA promotes a systems approach to sanitation that takes into account all related aspects of sustainability across the sanitation value chain.

SuSanA has been supported by the Gates Foundation with two smaller grants since 2012. This new three-year grant will cover a third phase of development, highlighting the foundation’s continuing prioritization of knowledge management in the WASH sector

The project will have three key outcomes: 1) Improved use of SuSanA Platform by identified target groups, through a clear communications plan and platform improvements; 2) Demonstrable improvements in the impact that use of the SuSanA Platform has on members’ work in sanitation; 3) Strengthened governance and institutional sustainability of SuSanA as reflected in an operational plan that includes a plan for funding the budget needed to assure the future of SuSanA.

Central to the project will be three studies, the results of which will inform decisions about improved planning and implementation of SuSanA.

One study will look at how online user experiences can be enhanced for SuSanA’s online knowledge-management resource (www.susana.org) and already lively discussion forum (www.forum.susana.org). The second study will be a marketing study to better understand the knowledge and networking needs of the global WASH community, particularly those parts of the community that could play a bigger role in SuSanA. One key outcome of this study will be the development of a major new communications strategy and implementation plan for SuSanA. The third study will look at how to ensure SuSanA’s long-term organizational sustainability.

For more information contact arno.rosemarin@sei-international.org or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Quick facts

The grant
Donor: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Value of the grant: USD $2,735,000
Official grant title: “Supporting SuSanA and the broader Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Community of Practice through an online platform”
Dates: 3 years from 3 October 2016

Consortium: Stockholm Environment Institute, WaterAid, Oxfam and GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH, the German International Development Cooperation Agency, which hosts the SuSanA Secretariat), consultants: Ostella, Kellogg and Dotwerkstatt plus additional consultants to be tendered.

SuSanA
Current membership: 7500 individual network members and 282 partner organizations Local NGOs, International NGOs, Private sector, Education / Research, Governmental / State-owned organisations, Multilateral organisations, Networks / Associations.
Mission: to promote innovation and best practices in sanitation policy, programming, implementation and scaling up, by linking on-the-ground experience with an engaged community of practitioners, policy-makers, researchers and academics.

Key current SuSanA services which will be strengthened by the project:
1. SuSanA discussion forum: forum.susana.org/
2. SFD Portal: Excreta Flow Diagrams portal where information and resources at a city level can be found: sfd.susana.org/
3. A project database providing details for sanitation projects worldwide: www.susana.org/en/resources/projects xxx
4. The SuSanA library, containing over 2000 publications: www.susana.org/en/resources/library
5. SuSanA working groups: www.susana.org/en/working-groups/overview
6. Updates to Wikipedia articles dealing with sanitation topics; for example en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_defecation
7. Regular webinars run by the SuSanA Secretariat. SuSanA also offers a platform for Thematic Discussion Series: www.susana.org/en/resources/thematic-discussion-series
8. SuSanA Working Group Wikis which offer a platform for collaborative efforts to create website pages relevant to sustainable sanitation topics using “Wiki technology”: www.susana.org/en/susana-wiki?site=Swg1:Capacity_development

To learn more about this project and SuSanA, visit www.susana.org or contact arno.rosemarin@sei-international.org or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

You can also ask questions about the new grant here in this thread.]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Mon, 07 Nov 2016 00:13:34 +0000
Re : [Wg1] SuSanA receives grant from Gates Foundation for its further development - by: kalalakarumba http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19520 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19520
Thanks for this great news for improving WASH and our Network SuSaN where we are partner.
Our organization is based in DR Congo where we are working on advocacy and sensitization of stakeholders to consume safe water. I would like to know how SuSaN partners will benefit from this fund to community projects regarding WASH?
Best wishes

Aaron
National Focal Point Sanitation and Water for All-OSC]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Sat, 05 Nov 2016 21:16:31 +0000
Re: Phase 3: Supporting sustainable sanitation through knowledge management and collaborative action within SuSanA - by: JKMakowka http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19504 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19504 arno wrote:
Hi Kris
I couldn't see whether BBB features dial in capacity, pods for showing text agendas, PDFS, PPTs, MP4s, etc. The various prepared layouts available in Adobe Connect allow for a smooth product. Haven't found a good competitor.

As far as plug-ins or apps are concerned, Adobe Connect does have a plugin to be added to a browser but that is a very minor event that takes a few seconds, and only once. We recommend using MS Internet Explorer.

Android or Iphone Adobe Connect works even better than the browser in a PC or MAC since echo elimination is much more sophisticated on mobile phones.

We can do some testing with various phone and computer platforms next week if you like, Monday afternoon? There may be others interested in participating as well. I can open up a test room if you like.

Regards
--Arno


Please see this (slightly older) video of BBB usability: youtu.be/J9mbw00P9W0
To me it is much less cluttered and easier to use than Adobe Connect, and it also doesn't need any large plugins to work (the one for Firefox is 40mb it seems). PDFs and PPTs works just fine, not sure about mp4 videos though. The rest you mentioned also works and the layout is easy to modify. Setting up a phone dial-in is possible, but needs the server administrator's help for initial configuration.

Due to the use of the modern browser standard WebRTC, the audio quality with BBB is also excellent without the need of special apps.

Sadly I'll not be able to join a testing session in the near future, but timezone wise it might be slightly difficult anyways. But thanks for looking into this.]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Fri, 04 Nov 2016 02:21:01 +0000
Re: Phase 3: Supporting sustainable sanitation through knowledge management and collaborative action within SuSanA - by: canaday http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19503 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19503
The translator works pretty well taking the content into Spanish and in English.

Did you say "Now I respond to Swedish"?

This translator is a big help.

Best wishes,
Chris Canaday]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Fri, 04 Nov 2016 02:16:27 +0000
Re: Phase 3: Supporting sustainable sanitation through knowledge management and collaborative action within SuSanA - by: arno http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19502 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19502 I noticed that when translation is turned on Google provides a language control ribbon at the top which allows for fast language navigation plus a button to show the original while within the translated site.


Do encourage your colleagues to test this out in Spanish.

Regards]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Thu, 03 Nov 2016 15:00:09 +0000
Re: Phase 3: Supporting sustainable sanitation through knowledge management and collaborative action within SuSanA - by: arno http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19501 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19501 Nu svarar jag på Svenska. Det skulle vara en klar fördel om vi kunde använda denna funktion för att kunna utöka vår spridning i Latinamerika, Afrika, Mellanöstern, Centralasien, Sydasien, SydostAsien och Ostasien (Kina).

Hälsningar
--Arno]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Thu, 03 Nov 2016 14:41:43 +0000
Re: Phase 3: Supporting sustainable sanitation through knowledge management and collaborative action within SuSanA - by: arno http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19500 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19500 We could do some testing re language flexibility.

I'll try answering your post in Swedish AFTER having switched the entire site into Swedish.

Regards
--Arno]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Thu, 03 Nov 2016 14:41:25 +0000
Re: Phase 3: Supporting sustainable sanitation through knowledge management and collaborative action within SuSanA - by: canaday http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19499 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19499
I had not really noticed that option at the bottom of the page to switch languages, but I just tried its Spanish and it is pretty good, in other words understandable but not quite right.

In the thread of the Featured User Interview with Scott Chen, I wrote:

Would it work for Google Translate to translate Susana posts to various languages and people who speak whichever language could sign up to receive the forum in their preferred language, with the option for these same members to correct the translations whenever they like? If anyone abuses this privilege, it can be taken away. ... Google might like this idea enough to help set it up.


In any case, I am available to translate to and from Spanish, whenever a human being is preferred. I could also proofread computer translations.

Best wishes,
Chris Canaday]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Thu, 03 Nov 2016 13:16:14 +0000
Re: Phase 3: Supporting sustainable sanitation through knowledge management and collaborative action within SuSanA - by: arno http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19490 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19490 I couldn't see whether BBB features dial in capacity, pods for showing text agendas, PDFS, PPTs, MP4s, etc. The various prepared layouts available in Adobe Connect allow for a smooth product. Haven't found a good competitor.

As far as plug-ins or apps are concerned, Adobe Connect does have a plugin to be added to a browser but that is a very minor event that takes a few seconds, and only once. We recommend using MS Internet Explorer.

Android or Iphone Adobe Connect works even better than the browser in a PC or MAC since echo elimination is much more sophisticated on mobile phones.

We can do some testing with various phone and computer platforms next week if you like, Monday afternoon? There may be others interested in participating as well. I can open up a test room if you like.

Regards
--Arno]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Wed, 02 Nov 2016 13:02:52 +0000
Re: Phase 3: Supporting sustainable sanitation through knowledge management and collaborative action within SuSanA - by: arno http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19488 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19488
Over the next year as part of the Gates project, we will be performing a global market and users survey and this will then contribute to a comprehensive communications strategy and implementation plan. As part of this, we will be reaching out to the over 7500 SuSanA members to canvas their knowledge and network interests and needs. Some of the more dedicated individuals and organisations will be able to contribute directly to the study as country or even regional nodes in order to provide network contacts and priority areas of content. We plan to set up a task group within the SuSanA membership that will allow us to concentrate these efforts. There will be opportunity for remunerated assignments within this group as well eg provision of mailing lists and writing summaries reflecting priorities in your region or country of work. Looking forward to setting this up with you over the next several months.
Regards
--Arno]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Wed, 02 Nov 2016 11:47:42 +0000
SuSanA receives grant from Gates Foundation for its further development - by: Aida http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19483 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19483
Congratulations! Please let me know how can I help you?

Infor on SDG 6.3 data trends in Asia? Countries with special needs?
Policies?

Best regards,
Aida


Aida N. Karazhanova (Ms., PhD) | Economic Affairs Officer
Sustainable Urban Development Section
Environment and Development Division
UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
UN Building, Radjadamnoenok Ave., 10200, Bangkok, Thailand
Tel: +66-2-2881450; GSM: +66-81-3443651; Fax: +66-2-288 1048
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Announcements regarding SuSanA Wed, 02 Nov 2016 11:28:30 +0000
Re: Phase 3: Supporting sustainable sanitation through knowledge management and collaborative action within SuSanA - by: Violaa http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19487 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19487
I am very thankful and grateful seeing such a great message but the bad part of it is that its note based is South Sudan and would love to be part of it. All in all i will be trying my best when the right time comes.

Thanks]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Wed, 02 Nov 2016 11:24:25 +0000
Re: Open discussion forum for sanitation grantees of Gates Foundation and everyone else (Phase 3 approved: KM and collaborative action within SuSanA) - by: pave http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19485 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19485
This is awesome news!

How can we participate in theimplementation of the grant project activities?

Anthony Akpan
President
Pan African Vision for the Environment (PAVE)
2nd Floor, Rear Flat,
59, Palm Avenue, Mushin
P.O.BOX 494 , Ijanikin, Lagos, Nigeria
Tel: 07068329371, 08035423750
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Website: www.paveafrica.org]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Wed, 02 Nov 2016 11:21:11 +0000
Re: Phase 3: Supporting sustainable sanitation through knowledge management and collaborative action within SuSanA - by: JKMakowka http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19482 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19482 arno wrote:

What did you have in mind regarding "self-hosted video-meeting software (other than Adobe Connect)"?


I guess it is mostly me, but I always have a terrible time getting Adobe Connect to work, first it uses really outdated Flash, which is depreciated on several platforms due to all the security flaws it has, and then it asks you to download huge plugins or app to get it to run with Firefox or on Android etc. which is really a hassle on slow connections.

A modern video conferencing system should just work "as is" in a modern browser, no need to setup anything or install some extra apps.

We discussed this previously, and I still think setting up a SuSanA exclusive version of BigBlueButton would work very well. They recently released their stable version 1.0:
bigbluebutton.org/2016/05/17/bigbluebutton-1-0-released/
And it also has a plugin for Joomla which should allow good integration into the SuSanA website for recordings and scheduling etc. see:
github.com/jibon57/BigBlueButton_for_Joomla

But there are also other open-source video conferencing applications that would probably work better than Adobe Connect.

P.S.: But I have to add that BBB also still needs some limited flash support. They are in the process of removing it, and it works on a much wider range of platforms, but it's still there sadly.]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Wed, 02 Nov 2016 10:17:30 +0000
Re: Phase 3: Supporting sustainable sanitation through knowledge management and collaborative action within SuSanA - by: arno http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19473 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/19454-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-receives-grant-of-27-million-to-further-develop-its-global-knowledge-platform?limit=12&start=12#19473
You wrote:
I made some suggestions in my Featured User interview on how to make the Forum more interactive and attractive to different kinds of users:
forum.susana.org/forum/categories/145-fe...ifornia-ecuador#8674


I am adding these comments you made in May 20, 2014 here:

If you could change something about the forum, what would it be?
It would be great to recruit more microbiologists, epidemiologists, psychologists, and other specialists to answer our key questions and to have a look at the systems we develop. Maybe we could somehow offer them something in exchange (e.g., proofreading or translation of texts).
Could the computer somehow be programmed to send unanswered questions on the Forum to one of the most indicated Forum members or outside experts? To some extent, moderators and other members already do this, but it would be excellent for no questions to be missed, especially now that we have so many members and so many messages.

I suggest we add more options for quick feedback than just liking a post or adding or subtracting karma points. These could include:
• Please give more support for the ideas expressed.
• I would like to put this into practice myself.
• This would be an excellent thesis topic.
• This is a great option for the billions who have no toilet.
• This is excellent for elegant applications.
• This is very environmentally sustainable.
• This seems to have an excessive environmental impact.

If we do this, members could then search for these items. Also, some of our thousands of members may prefer to only see posts that others have ticked with one or more of these items … or to receive all the posts ordered according to these items (with a delay of several days to allow standard members to tick these). This may be especially important now that the Forum has grown so much and the list of posts is sometimes very long. This would make it easier for the “silent majority” of members to give feedback, even if just ticking these items … and some privilege, such as searching, could hinge on ticking.

Sometimes when we log in we are taken to some starting page, or one’s own profile page, and it is hard to navigate back to the thread that we were looking at and wanting to contribute to. This could please be fixed.

It would be good to know the dates of the different posts when we do a search.

I'll make sure these are added to our list of suggestions for improvement.

I am available to help with translation if there is interest in reaching out more to Spanish speakers.

One little idea to liven up the Forum is to add emoticons for feces, urine, bad odors, good odors, agricultural reuse, urban agriculture, biogas, fish farming, etc.

Regarding translation into Spanish, this would be great when there turns up a specific or explanatory text that the moderators would like to target in a different language. We have relied on the Google translation function found on the Forum bottom banner at the end of every page. How good/bad are those translations do you think? I find they have improved immensely over the past few years - but still not absolutely perfect.

Great idea with the emoticons. Will add those to the list as well. I agree KUNENA's WYSIWIG editor has some limitations re emoticons.

An improvements period will take place following the UX study next year.

Best wishes

--Arno]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Wed, 02 Nov 2016 01:50:22 +0000