SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:32:57 +0000 Kunena 1.6 SuSanA - Forum en-gb Re: FSM3 - International Faecal Sludge Management Conference 19-22 Jan 2015 in Hanoi, Vietnam - by: jonpar Events Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:32:50 +0000 Re: Stockholm World Water Week & SuSanA meeting: Suggestions for online participation during and after the events - by: Sowmya
I am looking forward to the live streaming, thanks a ton! And, my apologies, I have not been regular in participation as I would have liked.

(1) Video editing: We could perhaps split the activity into a few parts: (a) Split the 1.5 hour videos into 3-4 parts and upload on a discussion thread, (b) 3-4 volunteers could take up a part-session each and make a list of which parts of the video to keep ie., list from which second to which second to keep, (c) SuSanA Secretariat checks if the list is okay, (d) another 3-4 volunteers use Microsoft MovieMaker to split the videos as per the list and join them to create the edited version. This will ensure that (i) the edit list is checked by three persons before the work is actually done, (ii) people who may be good at stating which content is good may not be comfortable using a video editing software and (iii) reduce total work per individual on the activities. We will need to do this for each 1.5 hour video. I can help with 2 part sessions - listing or editing.

(2) Sample videos: It would be great to make a "profile list" of people to whom the video links would be sent. Is it possible to put together a list of academic institutions that have some sanitation-related course? SuSanA members as well as those involved in publications could help with putting this list together. So, students taking up sanitation courses and students from other courses (such as, community development, entrepreneurship, etc) could be two profiles. Similarly, environment / energy conservation related grassroots organizations could be other profiles. Then, decide content of the 2-minute messages (for each profile) and edit videos accordingly.

(3) Online discussion: Having a "profile list" will also help find 1-2 topics that would be of common interest to most of the profiles. Develop a set of questions on the topic (1 question for each profile) and ensure those are answered. This could be a topic discussed previously at an expert level on the online forum - for example, what a particular technology means to each of these profiles. Maybe, the members could help choose a topic and develop the set of questions / key 2 minute messages (based on what action we want - awareness, discussion, collaboration, etc). It could be anything from carbon footprint of sustainable sanitation technologies to comparison of different materials used in producing sanitation equipment. Or, research areas where having standardized protocols could be of help (for instance, sanitation equivalent of WHO Quality of Life questionnaires that can be integrated into sanitation impact assessment).

(4) Connecting forum agenda with discussion topics: Given the time constraint, for the present meeting, it might be good to simply take the most active discussions and the working groups they belong to and create a word cloud to present at the meeting and post on the forum. (There are online generators, such as, Wordle.) This could give an instant view of focus of most discussions (and, therefore, other areas where it might be good to have discussion on). And, that can be a link for continuing discussions on the forum after the event. A word cloud also helps having a discussion between students, novices and experts. Probably, take 1-2 topics out of the word cloud and build the question list / group discussion pointers so that participants with different expertise levels can participate and we can also have our 2-minute videos capture different perspectives on a topic leading to the key messages.

(5) YouTube click rates: I am not sure why there are only few views but an interim step could be to provide transcripts of atleast 3-4 sample videos and see if people are viewing the transcript (probably post it on a separate page so that page views gives total number of persons interested in reading the transcript). That will help understand impact of incremental user action required, internet connectivity etc on the YouTube views.

Looking forward to the event,

Thanks and regards,

Events Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:17:28 +0000
Re: Base of the Pyramid (BoP) World Convention & Expo, ITE Headquarters & ITE College Central, Singapore - by: muench Base of the Pyramid (BoP) World Convention & Expo. A Brave New Marketplace: Unleashing Opportunities at the Base of the Pyramid, in Singapore - is now taking place and you can follow it on twitter by following this hashtag:


Or this handle: @BoPHub

It's pretty interesting. We have e.g. the following people sending their tweets from there right now: John Sauer (Water for People), Ingeborg Krukkert and Catarina Fonseca (both IRC), Jack Sim (of course! World Toilet Organisation), Clean Team from Ghana.


P.S. My apologies to people who don't like using Twitter. I know exactly how you feel. I used to think what's this jargon with hashtag and handle, what is it all about!?! Meanwhile, I have been "converted" and also use Twitter for following what's going on in the sanitation sector. It can be quite a useful tool once you are used to it.]]>
Events Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:22:56 +0000
Re: Stockholm World Water Week & SuSanA meeting: Suggestions for online participation during and after the events - by: muench
I have read your post with your suggestions for online participation during and after the Stockholm World Water Week and SuSanA meeting several times, in order to figure out which of your suggestions could be implemented and how.

However, I have not really succeeded because some of them I didn't fully understand and others I couldn't get my head around how to do it practically.

Perhaps you or others could help me by picking out those that are most easily doable at first and by developing a priority list of things we could do?

I do totally agree with your intention, because whilst these face-to-face meetings are wonderful if you are one of the lucky few who has the resources to attend, they are also a bit "old fashioned" now that we have so many possibilities at hand for virtual participation. (and also if we are serious about trying to reduce climate change causing emissions from air planes, can we really justify to fly thousands of kilometres just to attend a meeting of a few days somewhere in the world?)

In this context, I am thrilled to learn that at least the second day of the SuSanA meeting will be live streamed over the internet, see the announcement by the secretariat here today:

So if you can, do try to block out the specified times (be sure to convert the Swedish time to your local time; there are useful time converter pages on the internet) and follow the event live. It is more fun live than to watch the recording afterwards!

Date is Saturday 6 September.

Now as per your other suggestions, e.g. you said we should pick up the major discussion from the forum and integrate them into the meeting agenda, and vice versa: take what was discussed at the meeting back to the forum.

This sounds good in theory but I see a few practical obstacles:
  1. The level of technical depth that some of the forum discussions go into are not really appropriate/interesting/relevant for the bulk of people attending a SuSanA meeting (which may be 60-100 people with various backgrounds, could be novices, students, experts with a range of different interests).
  2. Some (or even many) of the people usually attending the SuSanA meetings have not been engaging much on the forum, I am not totally sure why, but it seems to be a fact. There are horses for courses, some people like online forums, others don't. So I am not sure that it would be feasible to get the attendees of the SuSanA meeting to write on the forum before/during/after the event?
  3. The topics that are being discussed at the SuSanA meetings are sometimes quite specific to the way SuSanA is structured (e.g. last year there was a long discussion about how the SuSanA working groups are organised). Perhaps that is less interesting for the forum readers?

By the way, last year the SuSanA meeting (second day) was also live streamed and the video footage from that 17th meeting is available here online which I think is very nice:

What disturbes me a little is that when I look on the click rates for these 4 videos on Youtube, they are rather low, between 30-50 views only. I guess the main reason* is that each video is too long (1.5 hours or so) and that it would be better to break down the videos into smaller, more manageable chunks of say 15 minutes duration. But I also do understand that this takes more time to do and the resources from the SuSanA secretariat are limited.

Here it might be nice if one of the SuSanA partners (or even members?) put up their hand and say: "I could do the video editing and uploading of the separate clips as a voluntary contribution" - thereby making it more of a team effort and not putting all the burden on the secretariat?

I look forward to reading everyone's feedback on the points that I have made in this post.


* Another reason for low click rates of these Youtube videos from the 17th meeting could be that many of our members are on low internet connections and cannot view such videos well, or that Youtube is even banned in their country.]]>
Events Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:53:40 +0000
Re: Live streaming of 18th SuSanA Meeting from Stockholm on Saturday (6th Sep) - by: secretariat

We will be streaming the 18th SuSanA Meeting LIVE on Saturday (6th of September).
Forum Users can view the sessions taking place between 9:00am - 11:15am and 2:00pm - 4:30pm (CEST - Central European Summer Time). Viewers can be active simultaneously on Twitter Chat (Tweetchat), post questions to the speakers and discuss on the meeting topics.

The link will be available on this thread, Twitter and Facebook soon.

Please make sure you have a twitter account incase you want to participate in the discussion from your homes! Also, use the tag #18susana for all your posts in the social media related to the meeting.

The sessions on Friday will be filmed but there will be no live streaming. We suggest our members who are at Stockholm to tweet live updates on Friday to keep the others engaged.

Do join us !

Events Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:26:40 +0000
Re: Registration open for the 18th SuSanA meeting in Stockholm - by: zenrainman regards
Events Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:35:09 +0000
Re: Registration open for the 18th SuSanA meeting in Stockholm - by: secretariat
We are happy to tell you, that there are good news regarding the 18th SuSanA Meeting!

Friday venue: Room K12, Stockholmsmässan, Mässvägen 1, SE-125 80 Älvsjö, Sweden
Saturday venue: Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Linnégatan 87D, 115 23 Stockholm, Sweden

We can proudly confirm the most of our presenters already, please see the following list of names:

  • Arne Panesar (GIZ)
  • Thilo Panzerbieter (GTO)
  • Jakob Granit (SEI)
  • Neil MacLeod(EWS)
  • Graham Alabaster (UN-Habitat / WHO)
  • Christian Zurbrugg (Sandec/ Eawag)
  • Themba Gumbo (UNDP Cap-Net)
  • Juliet Waterkeyn (Africa AHEAD)
  • Darren Saywell (Plan International)
  • Peter Hawkins (WSP)
  • Madeleine Fogde (SEI)
  • Katherine Cross (IWA)
  • Trevor Surridge (GIZ)
  • Hans Merton (Akvo)
  • Arno Rosemarin (SEI)
  • Dorothee Spuhler (seecon)
  • Claudia Wendland (WECF)
  • Katja Neubauer on behalf of Sherina Munyana (Water for People)
  • Leif Wolf (KIT)
  • Karl Lellouche (ACF)
  • Robert Gensch (GTO)

Additionally the restaurants for dinner are chosen:

Friday dinner at 20:00 at Restaurant Hellströms Bar
Saturday dinner at 18:30 at Restaurant Sjöcaféet

We are looking forward to see you there!

(posted by Friederike)]]>
Events Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:57:33 +0000
Securing Water, Energy, Sanitation and Livelihoods through Consensus: Community led approaches in Africa (Africa AHEAD): Invitation to a Seminar - by: secretariat Invitation to a Seminar at the World Water Week Conference, Stockholm 2014

Title: Securing Water, Energy, Sanitation and Livelihoods through Consensus: Community led approaches in Africa

Date: Sunday, 31st August, 2014
Time: 09.00 – 12.30
Location: Stockholm Fairs, Älvsjö, Stockholm, Sweden
Room: K16/K17

Convenor: Africa AHEAD
Co-convenor: Stockholm Environment Institute

To register and further information:

This seminar examines the Community Health Club (CHC) Model, a methodology for achieving fully functional communities enabling villagers to manage their own health and development initiatives in a sustainable integrated way. This is achieved by establishing voluntary village structures known as Community Health Clubs (CHCs) as a vehicle for development, enabling villagers to transit through four phases: firstly by using health education & hygiene promotion as an entry point, leading to self-supply of sanitation and safe solid waste disposal, protecting water resources and the environment, and finally to sustainable livelihoods through ‘Food, Agriculture and Nutrition’ (FAN) programme. The side event provides a unique opportunity to understand the social psychology of the CHC Model as well as hearing first hand examples drawn from case studies in Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Uganda, with similar examples of community led approaches in Kenya and Benin. This is an opportunity for discussion and debate as to whether the CHC Model is replicable at scale in other developing countries as we seek practical ways to ‘Fight poverty post 2015 by securing access to energy, food and water’.

(posted by Friederike)]]>
Events Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:16:44 +0000
37th WEDC International Conference, Hanoi, Vietnam 15-19 September, 2014 - Capacity Development on Violence, Gender & WASH - by: sjhouse
We are running a one day Capacity Development (CD) event on Thursday 18th Sept on Violence, Gender and WASH at the WEDC International Conference (Mon 15 to Fri 19 Sept) in Hanoi.

Please see the links to the WEDC conference and more information on the CD day at the end of this email.

The capacity development day is free of charge to attend if you have registered for the conference (and paid the registration fee), and all participants will receive a hardcopy of the toolkit and USB to take away with them at the end of the day.

Booking is through the WEDC website. Please also let your colleagues know about this opportunity.

Based on the feedback we'll revise the training materials after the conference and plan to make them freely available through the toolkit website ( in case you would like to use/adapt them in future trainings (probably by the end of the year).

We hope you or your colleagues can join us there.

Best regards,

Sue Cavill and Sarah House

Sue Cavill
Research Manager - SHARE

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Events Thu, 14 Aug 2014 23:31:24 +0000
CLTS Sharing and Learning event at AfricaSan, Senegal - by: Petra You can learn more and find out how to register here here ]]> Events Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:00:24 +0000 Re: Information about the upcoming AfricaSan 4 Event in Dakar, Senegal Oct. 8-10, 2014 - by: rahulingle -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

AfricaSan colleagues

AfricaSan 4 is being held on October 8-10 2014 in Dakar, Senegal. The website is now up and running and registration is open:

AfricaSan 4 continues the AfricaSan tradition, building on approaches that have worked. It is essentially a political meeting seeking to raise the priority of sanitation amongst the new generation of san leaders. The timing is AfricaSan 4 is fortuitous both as the last AfricaSan meeting to assess progress against the MDGs; as well as being well-positioned to build momentum on sanitation and hygiene for the SDGs.
The theme of AfricaSan 4 “Making Sanitation for All a Reality in Africa” responds to the visionary ideals of a new generation of Africa’s sanitation ministers. It sets the bar high so that the highly successful eThekwini commitment process can consider a new set of targets and indicators to help accelerate progress towards universal coverage.
The AfricaSan 4 theme not only concerns itself with sanitation access. It seeks to address the full sanitation value chain (containment, emptying, transport, treatment, disposal and reuse). Moreover it also focuses on a full sanitation ladder of access, including making Africa open-defecation free. By sanitation is also implied hygiene: AfricaSan 4 will host a specific discussion on how to accelerate good hygiene behaviour change.
AfricaSan 4 has also had a strong regional and country process leading up to the Dakar meeting. Led by the chair of AMCOW’s AfricaSan Task Force Subcommittee, WSP, countries have engaged in three substantial sub-regional meetings in which countries have been involved in a peer-to-peer exchange on progress and sector bottlenecks in country action plans. Progress on country action plans and against the eThekwini commitments have been mapped and the results will be presented at AfricaSan 4. A feature of this preparatory process was the conscious effort to align the different sanitation sector monitoring processes in Africa.

Get in engaged with this important opportunity for sanitation in Africa, forward this email to colleagues who may be interested and come to Dakar!

Best wishes,

Piers Cross
AMCOW Lead Advisor on AfricaSan]]>
Events Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:09:54 +0000
Panel Discussion on Sanitation at SOCAP 2014, San Francisco, USA (3 Sep 2014) - by: bankabio
This year there's a panel discussion on "Global Health and Innovation around Sanitation" on 3 Sep 2014 at 1445 hours (local time)

Banka BioLoo, Humanure Power, Resource Sanitation, Sanergy, SOIL are amongst the speakers.

Sanjay Banka]]>
Events Sat, 09 Aug 2014 07:12:21 +0000
The Next UK SanCoP Event will be held at Leeds University UK on 4th November 2014 - by: RuthKW
The event will be kindly hosted by Leeds University and will take place on Tuesday 4th November (timing for the day to be confirmed- approx. timing 10am-5.30pm). Further details for those just wanting to attend will be posted soon.

If you would be interested in speaking at this event (or know anyone who would be) we would like to receive a short abstract (150 words) to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it outlining what would be presented by Friday 5th September 2014. As always presentations from early career researchers/graduates are promoted and we would love to see innovative sessions being given (beyond PowerPoint).

*Please note- these events are run by volunteers and have no funding available for travel or speaker costs. All costs for attending/Speaking at the event must by inquired by the attendee*]]>
Events Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:38:40 +0000
You are invited to "Designing our Water/Energy Future" seminar - by: IWC
You are invited to attend the session to explore reasons for and challenges to integration across water and energy, with a view to identifying the capacities that will be needed to catalyse change and build synergies across these divergent yet interconnected sectors.

Envisioning the future from different perspectives, private, public and academic panellists from the water and energy sectors will challenge current paradigms in a highly interactive session. Examples will draw from developing countries where vulnerable communities have the most to lose from mismanagement of water and energy resources, but also the most to gain from improved service delivery.]]>
Events Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:38:27 +0000
Re: Information about the upcoming AfricaSan 4 Event in Dakar, Senegal Oct. 8-10, 2014 - by: rahulingle
The AfricaSan 4 will take place from 8-10 October in Dakar, Senegal. To make use of this opportunity the SuSanA Secretariat is planning a two Day SuSanA meeting prior to the AfricaSan in Dakar on the 6 and 7 October. The meeting will build on the developments in the SuSanA meeting in Stockholm and focus on the contributions SuSanA can make in Africa through Africasan. Also, a number of sessions from SuSanA and its partner organisations are planned during the Africasan conference. Registration for this meeting will be announced at a later date.]]>
Events Mon, 04 Aug 2014 08:38:28 +0000