SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://forum.susana.org/ Tue, 21 Feb 2017 03:02:09 +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: “Contribution of Sustainable Sanitation to the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development” – SuSanA’s revised Vision Document now open for discussion! - by: Sowmya http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/20281-contribution-of-sustainable-sanitation-to-the-agenda-2030-for-sustainable-development--susanas-revised-vision-document-now-open-for-discussion#20479 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/20281-contribution-of-sustainable-sanitation-to-the-agenda-2030-for-sustainable-development--susanas-revised-vision-document-now-open-for-discussion#20479
My apologies for the very intermittent participation... Some quick thoughts on some other objectives that the vision document could include :

(1) Increase interdisciplinary co-operation: how SuSanA can help sanitation specialists (policy makers - govt departments, business ventures & NGOs, professionals, media, et al) to increase co-operation and interaction with specialists from other related SDGs - essentially, integrated approach to SDG implementation (we already have a SuSanA post on that). For instance, inviting Rose George to participate in SuSanA's discussion helped everyone learn several important points about women's rights as well as documents available for integrating women's rights in implementing sanitation projects - quick reference instead of having to do the research. Her latest TEDtalk on sanitation.

(2) Increase co-operation with other forums: HIFA/CHIFA which we have already done, Wiki (I remember WikiDoc James), and there are other forums - stackoverflow, quora, etc. Moderated & unmoderated forums can work differently but exploring both would be great. We also increased participation in LinkedIn and Facebook. We could have a formal schedule in place to be present across forums (where more structured co-operation is not possible) and a series of discussion series where structured co-operation is possible (for instance, with HIFA/CHIFA). A discussion series with HIFA/CHIFA on the TippyTap & handwashing solutions for healthcare providers in the most resource-scarce setting would be just awesome, we also need to interact with agri/energy sector. EVIDEM Collaboration (an open international forum for mainstreaming multi-criteria decision making in health sector resources allocation as the better alternative to cost-effective analysis - it is for health sector but sanitation has huge interlinkages with health and what we can compare notes on the development of evaluation criteria as well as approaches to engaging different stakeholders - compare the sanitation technology assessment criteria with MCDM in health sector) is another forum that I would very highly recommend. It would be even better to run a thematic discussion series across SuSanA, HIFA/CHIFA and EVIDEM Collaboration together. EVIDEM also has a rather strong policy/academia/corporate presence, HIFA/CHIFA has awesome engagement with professionals (including paramedical, which is really a huge thing) and SuSanA engages with all stakeholders (increases engagement across stakeholder groups continuously, some city in Karnataka, India, was going to engage with the SuSanA Forum last year if I remember correctly, three cheers for SuSanA, the members and Karnataka, India! ). Learning, sharing experiences, approaches that work, increasing presence & stakeholder interaction, etc.

(3) Chart how the potential of the forum can be used to aid each of the stakeholders achieve their professional objectives: For instance,

(a) showcasing projects (for ventures & NGOs - feature already exists in the website, could add some additional features to showcase the star value viz., aid effectiveness, best practices, transparency & governance, participative approach, multi-disciplinary approach, awards received) & can SuSanA also award outstanding projects or give a star based on some criteria - may not be feasible to do an in-depth analysis but something similar to 'Featured Forum User' - SOIL Haiti could be one of the first recipients ,

(b) the library can include some additional features to add credentials to authors/institutions (a star rating that authors can add to their resumes - much like impact factors as well as adding their www.academia.edu profile viz., a networking website for academics with 47.9 million members, please read wiki page - increase the opportunity for multi-disciplinary & inter-professional research, and we do need data visualization experts and other cutting-edge technologies as well) - we really do not have much of a picture of sanitation & WASH research & I am not sure about bibliometrics research conducted in WASH scientific/academia-led implementation research,

(c) showcase best practices in project conceptualization & implementation - focusing on transparency & governance - for policy makers, CSR, etc. A powerful image of best practices on these aspects can increase the overall country profile in the international scene (important for expanding business abroad, interest from international financial institutions, etc). And SuSanA can actually play a critical role in increasing transparency & governance as well. Transparency International (headquartered in Germany) can be a great institution to work with. We could have a TDS co-led with Transparency International and help professionals & institutions for all types (govt depts, business ventures, NGOs) be aware of critical issues, guideline documents, etc.

(d) increase co-operation with institutions of a specific type (for instance, Overseas Development Institute, has huge expertise in international aid effectiveness - comes in useful for India's CSR being co-ordinated at the national level now) - compare the focus themes in health research (implementation research, economics, etc) with WASH research. IFOAM is also a great institution to interact with, there has already been some interest shown (I remember some posts by Chris Canaday). Some institutions (particularly international aid) have experience across sectors - we could engage with them to understand how they view sanitation implementation compared to other sectors (IDRC, The Gates Foundation, UN/UNICEF, et al). NGOs, grant applications & process, how small NGOs can improve their KPI which can help increase their potential to receive grants, effectiveness, etc. How to increase media engagement (press, radio/tv, online, etc).

(e) Increase presence in other sectors - as mentioned in one of my posts in a TDS, an important international conference on sustainable agriculture had representation by the world's largest fertilizer companies but no participation/agenda to discuss how soil amendments from sustainable sanitation can contribute. We could have a website section on how sustainable sanitation professionals/institutions are engaging with other sectors & increasing the overall presence and profile of sustainable sanitation - for instance, participating in conferences of other SDG sectors to showcase interlinkages/contribution of sustainable sanitation.

(f) Sanitation in Disaster Resilience - contributing to the Hyogo Framework for Action HFA): Specifically integrating with HFA. Sanitation during Ebola is one of the best examples of how a forum of experts can quickly contribute to a disaster response program. Both the 'sanitation during ebola' documents as well as the interaction & cross-posting with HIFA/CHIFA. Disaster resilience is still one of the least focus areas in several countries & SuSanA can play a powerful role. I remember some posts by Mughal about sanitation in highly flood-affected countries (for instance, Bangladesh) as well as small island nations. We could work with HIFA/CHIFA to put together a disaster response as well as disaster resilience toolkit and help that get integrated into the Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) of NGOs - this happened in case of Ebola, thanks Elizabeth von Muench! Also our learning and closing the know-do gap as well as how this expert contribution increased awareness and subsequent inclusion of sanitation in Ebola management and response document by the WHO. We will need the same for cholera & all sanitation-related diseases during natural disasters.

(g) Learning Forums: I remember the Coursera posts. Maybe a joint discussion across SuSanA, HIFA/CHIFA & EVIDEM about self-learning courses (University of Loughborough is one of the first to start an online self-learning course in sanitation, isn't it?). Can we engage with educational institutions such as John Hopkins, Stanford University, Harvard who create several of these courses on how they can create a course for multi-disciplinary co-operation projects or topics etc. Their criteria for deciding on topics, etc. These courses often include group projects for the students - so we will have structured modules for interaction on specific topics where SDG linkages have to be strengthened. We could contribute to and learn from the health sector as well.

How the interlinkages with other SDGs translate into specific objectives that capitalize on SuSanA's strengths (membership, website, Forum). As well as increasing focus on implementation research & academia participation.

Thanks and warm regards,
Sowmya]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Fri, 17 Feb 2017 02:44:44 +0000
Re: SuSanA's first regional chapter: India! - launched now - by: magdalenabauer http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/16389-susanas-first-regional-chapter-india-launched-documents-for-library#20310 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/16389-susanas-first-regional-chapter-india-launched-documents-for-library#20310
thank you for your detailed answer and thoughtful questions! Knowledge management and knowledge exchange is not always easy to maintain.

Firstly, for SuSanA members with a profile on our homepage it is possible to upload documents of their own via their profile! I think then the secretariat has to review and publish them in the final step... but not a lot of SuSanA Partners are too eager to do this themselves so yes, e-mailing to the sectretariat I think is common practise so far or announcing it on the forum.
Perhaps we have to think of a more userfriendly approach or promote the library to our partners so that they see the value of having their publication in the SuSanA library as well.

Secondly, I did not intend to upload all of them, as you said, I wanted to filter out the most interesting ones for the Indian context and perhaps a good mixture of different questions, case studies and reports (intened number was around 15). But yes, over time the library can be "filled up" with these.

The Indian Chapter library is composed out of our "regular" SuSanA library by adding a filter when uploading documents so it is mirrored on this library as well!

I hope this answers all the questions so far.

At the moment I am again looking for new interesting publications and will upload a small selection in the upcoming weeks.

Unfortunately, many Phd Theses and other academic papers are not open source....

Kind Regards,
Magdalena]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Wed, 01 Feb 2017 12:18:41 +0000
Re: Thank you for celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance with us! - by: fppirco http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/20204-thank-you-for-celebrating-the-10th-anniversary-of-the-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-with-us#20288 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/20204-thank-you-for-celebrating-the-10th-anniversary-of-the-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-with-us#20288
Thanks to all you manage Susan forum.


Mohammad Mojtabaei

www.fpp.ir]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Tue, 31 Jan 2017 02:46:11 +0000
“Contribution of Sustainable Sanitation to the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development” – SuSanA’s revised Vision Document now open for discussion! - by: secretariat http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/20281-contribution-of-sustainable-sanitation-to-the-agenda-2030-for-sustainable-development--susanas-revised-vision-document-now-open-for-discussion#20281 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/20281-contribution-of-sustainable-sanitation-to-the-agenda-2030-for-sustainable-development--susanas-revised-vision-document-now-open-for-discussion#20281 This year SuSanA is celebrating its 10th year of activity. SuSanA was founded in 2007, motivated by the UN’s decision to declare 2008 as International Year of Sanitation in the run up to the 2015 deadline for the MDGs. Since its foundation SuSanA’s partners and members share a vision of sustainable sanitation and is dedicated to understanding and promoting viable and sustainable sanitation solutions.

The 2015 deadline has passed, and as we all know, the sanitation target was sadly missed by quite a margin. However, post-MDG, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the accompanying Sustainable Development Goals have set a clear path for continuing efforts and aim to achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all by 2030.

This new context for the sanitation sector offers new opportunities but may also require a rethink of how major actors, including SuSanA, can and should function in this context and what role they could play.

We are pleased to let you know that the SuSanA Core Group and the SuSanA Secretariat together with Roland Schertenleib, Elisabeth Kvarnström, Patrick Bracken and Kim Andersson have reviewed the position and mission of SuSanA in the context of the SDGs and revised SuSanA’s document “Towards more sustainable sanitation solutions” from 2008 which is often also referred to as the vision document.

The revised document with the new title “Contribution of Sustainable Sanitation to the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development” reflects the new context of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and outlines SuSanA’s contribution to the Agenda 2030.

A draft version of this document was presented at SuSanA’s 10th Anniversary celebrations on 17th January 2017 and is now open for public discussion with SuSanA members and any other interested parties.

We are happy to receive your comments, feedback and ideas.


You have three different options to join this discussion:
  • Post your comments directly in this discussion thread on the SuSanA Forum
  • Follow this link and comment directly on the vision paper on google doc. docs.google.com/document/d/1_W2gw3ez69S4...K9Q/edit?usp=sharing
  • Send us your feedback via Email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



The draft vision document 2030 is also available in the SuSanA library: www.susana.org/en/resources/library/details/2715

A first comment, which we received during the anniversary celebration meeting, highlighted already that SuSanA’s role with regard to the SDG#17 (“Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development”) is missing in the document.

We would appreciate your feedback before 31 March 2017. Afterwards we will update the document and share an updated version with the SuSanA community.

We envisage launching the final version of SuSanA’s vision document: “Contribution of Sustainable Sanitation to the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development” at the 24th SuSanA Meeting connected to this year’s Stockholm World Water Week.

Thanks in advance and best regards,

Annkathrin Tempel (on behalf of the SuSanA Secretariat)]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Mon, 30 Jan 2017 13:29:54 +0000
Re: 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=24#20263 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=24#20263 Website improvements will be carried out following the UX (user experience study) which will be repeated following these changes to determine the positive impacts. Those two activities are relatively small investments totaling about 5% of the budget. The content work is much more time consuming and this is where the real improvements will be made. Moving residues of knowledge from the Forum to Wikipedia is a good model as you described. But I think the real strength of SuSanA will be to make better use of the 13 Working Groups and their Thematic Areas. Here we pull together active members together to update state of the art fact sheets, collaborate on publications and combine forces to further develop the KM agenda for specific topics. Thematic discussions with webinars and Forum exchanges linked to the WGs with active moderation will help stimulate this further.

Central to this will be studying the stakeholder market to find out what their KM and networking needs are, creating then a communications strategy and implementation plan to engage a larger percentage of the continuously membership which will mean content geared around this plan.

The third activity will be an assessment of organisational and funding alternatives to ensure that SuSanA retains a sustainable future.

Regards]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Sat, 28 Jan 2017 02:43:43 +0000
Re: Sustainable Sanitation Alliance receives grant of $2.7 million to further develop its global knowledge platform - by: goeco 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=24#20262 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=24#20262
Ease of access is important, I have no issues with that, it is low cost.

Yes, having the skills to pull out the gems from discussions and present them succinctly and topically would mean resourcing better than mediocre curator(s). Suggesting that this is unlikely might be seen as a "glass half full" attitude. I fully agree that the forum serves as a communications platform with minds getting together to solve issues. I often see cutting edge solutions coming from this forum, but yet these solutions are not then extracted to become a cited reference in an article on the subject. These gems produced through collaboration get lost to the forum because staff are not resourced to do so. I'm not suggesting using the dysfunctional susana-akvo wiki, but resourcing WikiProject Sanitation to keep Wikipedia updated, as resources get added to the library and forum discussions are concluded.

Using "Urine as a fertiliser" example again, the relevant wikipedia page would currently be "Reuse of excreta". Because that page doesn't even state what NPK content is in urine, we get uninformed discussion in the forum like here resulting in misleading statements like "more than 60% of excreta phosphorous is supposed to be in the urine." and "Urine is a complete fertiliser and rich in P". Because wikipedia is not yet a complete reference, we can turn to the Susana library and search for what we want, but really the issue is that sanitation articles in wikipedia do not yet reflect the knowledge available in the library and forum. Gems like "urine is very high in nitrogen (can be over 10% in a high protein diet), low in phosphorus (1%), and moderate in potassium (2-3%)" and "nitrogen content in urine is related to quantity of protein in the diet".

WikiProject Sanitation hasn't been resourced sufficiently to date. Wikipedia is an ever-evolving resource of referenced information and content should reflect our full and current knowledge on sanitation. A curator would extract that knowledge from the forum and library and make it available in Wikipedia.

cheers
Dean]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Sat, 28 Jan 2017 00:29:15 +0000
Re: Sustainable Sanitation Alliance receives grant of $2.7 million to further develop its global knowledge platform - 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=24#20259 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=24#20259 goeco wrote:
A global knowledge platform doesn't require constantly updating to the latest software with more and more bells and whistles. What is required are the human resources to cajole participants into action. Complacency is the biggest issue, this is not addressed by software. The current forum is working for those who actively participate, and the latest model won't improve participation. What I have experienced is that 99% of my technical questions go unanswered. They are either not getting to the right people, or those people can't be bothered answering. Unless the participation bar is raised beyond those regulars who sometimes end up sounding like a cracked record, then progress will not be made.

I've said this before, a forum just gives the opportunity for people to put their views forward. The next (and most important) step is to condense those views into knowledge within a relational database such as a wiki. The Susana wiki is an abject failure and it is obvious why. Elisabeth works tirelessly on this forum and on wikipedia, to improve knowledge and make information resources available to all. That kind of approach is what needs to be resourced, not expensive web developers that instill security fears in the client (hey this is just a forum!) while offering the latest and greatest that will need updating next year. The focus needs to be on the users, not the software service providers.

Dean


Ease of access, especially also through easy use of mobile clients does increase the chance of the right person seeing your question though. Of course it will not magically solve all the issues your are mentioning, but its part of the way. Relatively speaking these software improvements are also not that expensive.

Concerning the need for curation and condensing information... well yes, but for that you basically need paid staff and the results usually end up rather medicore. In theory such a wiki sounds great and the Wikipedia is useful to some extend in its limited fashion, but I think the strength of SuSanA is rather that of a communication platform. Instead of offering limited condensed information it is rather about discussions and utilizing the 'hive mind', i.e. ask a question and together you might come up with a good solution. But I agree we are not fully there yet...]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Fri, 27 Jan 2017 15:56:05 +0000
Re: Thank you for celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance with us! - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/20204-thank-you-for-celebrating-the-10th-anniversary-of-the-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-with-us#20243 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/20204-thank-you-for-celebrating-the-10th-anniversary-of-the-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-with-us#20243 I would like to thank the secretariat, the interns and all involved in organizing this event. It was indeed a really nice celebration!! I was fortunate to be able to attend in person (as I live close-by to Eschborn). It was like a big family gathering, catching up with people I've known for a long time but also meeting new people, e.g. those whom I had only known from forum posts and skype calls so far. The atmosphere was great: friendly, supporting, light-hearted but also hard working, concentrated and passionate for the cause of sanitation.

I enjoyed the "history story" about how SuSanA evolved, which was moderated and prepared by Thilo Panzerbieter (including a re-enactment of a crucial phone call between Arne Panesar and Arno Rosemarin in 2007) (this half-hour slot was filmed and should be available soon on SuSanA's Youtube channel); nice to see Christine Werner in the room who's just come back from Morocco and who played a big role in shaping SuSanA in its early years, together with her team in Eschborn. The little band (Peter Hawkins trumpet, Arne Panesar and Stefan Reuter on the guitars) and toilet-shaped and poo-shaped birthday cakes were fun!

The "live drawing" (picture above) was also impressive although I am not so sure personally how/if this can be used to help people understand SuSanA in future. But it's pretty!

The photographer was a bit intrusive, I felt. Did we really need all that many photos (then again the group photo could have been better).

And I was very happy that the event was live streamed. At this point I would like to ask to hear from those who were taking part in the live stream: how was it for you? Did you feel included? Did you benefit? What could be done better regarding the live streaming in future? - Please share your thoughts!

I've asked the secretariat to please put together the twitter history as well, as we had a number of interesting tweets and lots of good photos with the hashtag #susana10. See here:
twitter.com/search?f=tweets&vertical...usana10&src=typd
(I see an unrelated tweet in second place but doesn't matter)

Thank you!

Regards,
Elisabeth]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Thu, 26 Jan 2017 23:48:18 +0000
Re: Sustainable Sanitation Alliance receives grant of $2.7 million to further develop its global knowledge platform - by: DianeKellogg 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=24#20240 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=24#20240
I say this to echo what several others have called for--good, reliable information that takes less time to (a) find and (b) read.]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Thu, 26 Jan 2017 19:03:06 +0000
Re: Sustainable Sanitation Alliance receives grant of $2.7 million to further develop its global knowledge platform - by: goeco 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=24#20232 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=24#20232
A web library is a collection of information resources, but to the surfer who has limited time to become informed, such resources are only useful as cited references. If I want to know about "urine as a fertiliser", I don't want to read The 5th International Dry Toilet Conference 2015, or Terra Preta Sanitation Volume 1. Then, there are gems of knowledge available in the forum on "urine as a fertiliser", but sifting these from the floc is tedious. On the other hand, a good wiki has had the sifting already done, and offers the information along with cross references to related information, while also citing the library articles and forum posts that support the information provided. The reader can delve deeper with one click, and choose the browse route, or alternatively perform a search.
According to wikipedia, a curator is a content specialist. Its one thing archiving content, but one needs a good understanding of the content to curate it and mould it into a form accessible to users. Skilled human curators require resourcing.

cheers
Dean]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Thu, 26 Jan 2017 07:23:06 +0000
Re: Sustainable Sanitation Alliance receives grant of $2.7 million to further develop its global knowledge platform - by: F H Mughal 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=24#20229 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=24#20229 Marijn's point is also valid. Library is almost in the background - not visible.
I think, the resources available in the library should be made more visible.

F H Mughal]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Thu, 26 Jan 2017 05:47:23 +0000
Re: Sustainable Sanitation Alliance receives grant of $2.7 million to further develop its global knowledge platform - by: Marijn Zandee 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=24#20228 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=24#20228
Personally, I would not change too much about the forum. But then again, I don't own a smartphone or tablet, so web 1.0 is fine for me .

My personal favorite for improvement would be the library, or at least its interface. I sort of accidentally discovered the "filter" function, which is very powerful. How many people know about, and how to use it? For me, the forum probably is Susana's main claim to fame fore now, and I really like it. Can we make our library just as good? Parts are there, but is not an easy and intuitively navigable collection. How can we make the library more visible, more accessible and a more "curated" collection? Some sort of a graphical interface menu that lets you find your way from key-word to key word until you find the document you are after?

Regards

Marijn]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Thu, 26 Jan 2017 05:35:26 +0000
Re: Sustainable Sanitation Alliance receives grant of $2.7 million to further develop its global knowledge platform - by: goeco 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=24#20227 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=24#20227
I've said this before, a forum just gives the opportunity for people to put their views forward. The next (and most important) step is to condense those views into knowledge within a relational database such as a wiki. The Susana wiki is an abject failure and it is obvious why. Elisabeth works tirelessly on this forum and on wikipedia, to improve knowledge and make information resources available to all. That kind of approach is what needs to be resourced, not expensive web developers that instill security fears in the client (hey this is just a forum!) while offering the latest and greatest that will need updating next year. The focus needs to be on the users, not the software service providers.

Dean]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Wed, 25 Jan 2017 22:17:47 +0000
Thank you for celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance with us! - by: secretariat http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/20204-thank-you-for-celebrating-the-10th-anniversary-of-the-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-with-us#20204 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/20204-thank-you-for-celebrating-the-10th-anniversary-of-the-sustainable-sanitation-alliance-with-us#20204
we had the great pleasure to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance in Eschborn, Germany on the 17th of January 2017. The theme of the anniversary was, "10 years SuSanA: How the changed sanitation paradigm contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals"

We had an exciting review of the last decade and an interesting exchange on SuSanA’s milestones and impact in the field of sanitation. During the celebration, the final draft of the updated SuSanA Vision Document ‘SuSanA Vision 2030: Contribution to Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development” was for the first time, presented to the public. This document contains views on the shift from the MDGs to the SDGs, continuing challenges and new opportunities for SuSanA, Sanitation interlinkages across the SDGs and SuSanA’s objectives and goals. The Document is now available online for you to be viewed here:
www.susana.org/en/resources/library/details/2715
It will be open for your comments soon, follow our SuSanA forum for announcements on your participation in the review. During the World Café/ Market place session which was held in the afternoon, up-coming topics, new ideas and timelines were highlighted and discussed.


We want to sincerely thank everyone who joined the anniversary in Eschborn and online through our live stream. The recording of the livestream will be available soon! Watch this space! We would also like to appreciate Susanne Asheuer for creating this great visualization (below) of the anniversary and the past 10 years of SuSanA. Last but not least, we thank the SuSanA community and the impact they have had in the field of sustainable sanitation. We look forward to many more years!



Anniversary Celebration Group Picture, Eschborn, 2017


Live drawing of SuSanA's 10 years' history

Best regards,

Antonio Dominguez (on behalf of the SuSanA Secretariat)]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:39:19 +0000
Re: Sustainable Sanitation Alliance receives grant of $2.7 million to further develop its global knowledge platform - 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=24#20190 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=24#20190 I think some people have also expressed previously that a easy to use micro-blogging platform would be nice to have for people to reflect on their work or recent developments in the sanitation sector.

A nice new and standard compliment way to have something like that would be to include a Movim XMPP system, see:
movim.eu/
Movim is a kind of social network, micro-blogging and messaging system that builds up on the standard XMPP federated messaging system.
There are options to link the Joomla/Kuena to a XMPP server so that every user would automatically also get a XMPP account, which is kind on a mix between Watsapp and email. Which this one could then start using Movim.
It would be also possible to integrate this nice side-bar XMPP client into the forum:
www.jsxc.org/ which would allow a quick (group) chat option with other users and friends.]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:49:01 +0000