SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://forum.susana.org/ Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:26:26 +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: SuSanA Capacity Development Working Group meeting at Stockholm WWW 2016, Tuesday 30 August from 14.00- 15.30h - by: Bertha http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h#18719 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h#18719
I hope this mail finds you well. Greetings from Kenya. To introduce myself, am a water & environmental engineer with over ten years in WASH infrastructure and programming with masters in project planning &management and environmental health engineering from university of Nairobi. Currently am a WASH Program Manager for Sustainable Africa an organization working in 15 counties in Kenya promoting access to water and sanitation for schools and communities through promotion of rainwater harvesting by roof catchment; rock catchment; sand dams; weirs;earth dams and sanitation with hygiene promotion & MHM activities.

To clarify your query on ("the need for the players in the sector to get the right persons")? i meant that in WASH project a big part of the budget goes to infrastructure development and the need for organizations to have engineers manage them from baseline to feasibility through design construction supervision and commission should be given a consideration and of interest if the next goals have to be met and not just relegated to technical duties alone. From experience, I have seen many WASH project in developing countries not functional as they are not working or meeting the demand for the need. A simple reason,could be not well done feasibility study to determine the demand for the need for a projected future use. hence factors like future populations not factored hence failure of the project and wastage of resources. With this and among other reasons, like leaking masonry tanks not holding water; collapsing latrines within a year of construction calls for more focused capacity development with sharing experience of what works, why it worked, what can be done better on methodologies and approaches across the different organizations in infrastructure development and sustainable service delivery.

I am sorry will not be able to attend the WG1 meeting in Stockholm but hope to follow up the discussion online from your reports.

Keep up the good works.
Cheers,
Bertha]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Sun, 14 Aug 2016 15:54:18 +0000
Re: SuSanA Capacity Development Working Group meeting at Stockholm WWW 2016, Tuesday 30 August from 14.00- 15.30h - by: wasifbashir15 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h#18623 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h#18623 I hope this email will find you in the best of your health.
I am writing for a suggestion to add Social & cultural barrier in the way of sustainable sanitation development in developing nation. May i ask either we can add this topic in our upcoming SuSanA Capacity Development Working Group meeting at Stockholm WWW 2016, Tuesday 30 August from 14.00- 15.30h please?
Secondly may i ask to also incorporate role of youth and their inclusion in the sanitation development please?
I will be also participating in this meeting and hope to share my experience being a young professional especially my experience of my Participation in 3rd International Faecal Sludge Management (3FSM) Conference during the meetings.
Stay Blessed in All walks of your life.
Love and Looking forward to your soonest kind response Please.
Best Regards
Muhammad Wasif Bashir Babar]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Sat, 06 Aug 2016 04:45:59 +0000
Re: SuSanA Capacity Development Working Group meeting at Stockholm WWW 2016, Tuesday 30 August from 14.00- 15.30h - by: dorothee.spuhler http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h#18615 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h#18615
Thank you very much for your contribution.
Could you tell us more about you?
Who are you and where are you working?

We at seecon also made the experience, that specifying the capacity needs and then seek specifically for profiles which potentially fits those is key for effectively identifying gaps and develop new capacities. These matchmaking activities have also the advantage of reveal hidden capacities.

It would be interesting to know more about your experiences specifically regarding this first comment in your post ("the need for the players in the sector to get the right persons")?

And...Will you be able to attend the WG1 meeting in Stockholm?

Cheers, Dorothee]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Fri, 05 Aug 2016 14:53:37 +0000
Re: SuSanA Capacity Development Working Group meeting at Stockholm WWW 2016, Tuesday 30 August from 14.00- 15.30h - by: dorothee.spuhler http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h#18613 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h#18613 For questions regarding logistics (such as invitation letters) please contact the SuSanA secretariat:
- Email for any queries: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
- Meeting pages which frequent updates: www.susana.org/en/events/susana-meetings...na-meeting-stockholm
And do not forget to register here: www.susana.org/en/registration-22nd-susana-meeting!

Cheers, Dorothee]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Fri, 05 Aug 2016 09:22:19 +0000
Re: SuSanA Capacity Development Working Group meeting at Stockholm WWW 2016, Tuesday 30 August from 14.00- 15.30h - by: Nagendra http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h#18524 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h#18524 Thank you so much for your email and information regarding SuSanA Capacity Development Working Meeting. We are exciting to participate at the meeting. Could you please send me an Invitation letter for the following:

1. Name : Nagendra Prasad Rijal
Designation: Founder/ director
Passport No. 07108227,
Address: Lalitpur Sub-metropolitan City, Nepal.

2. Name: Sunil Tamang
Designation: project coordinator
Passport No. 08302717
Address: Jalgeni- 3, Lamjung, Nepal.
We need your formal invitation letter to issue the visa to participate at the program.

Looking forward for your email.]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Sun, 31 Jul 2016 11:29:32 +0000
Re: SuSanA Capacity Development Working Group meeting at Stockholm WWW 2016, Tuesday 30 August from 14.00- 15.30h - by: Bertha http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h#18494 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h#18494
Quite impressed by the upcoming session and it is timely and relevant indeed,few comments though as a professional in the water sector:
What skills and knowledge will the water workforce of 2025 need?

clear definitions of the terms in the water sector for the non technical players to realize that water is a wide field and distinction need to be clarified i.e "water resources engineer" is a different field from "water resources persons" "environmental engineer" is different from " environmental science person" just like "public health (environmental) engineer" is different from "public health (environmental) person"
hence the need for the players in the sector to get the right persons for the correct task as when we talk of the skills and knowledge then where it's application matter for it to be relevant.

How do we attract people to work in the water sector and ensure they have the needed capacities to contribute to the future needs of the water sector?

kindly specify the divisions in the water sector, then from the divisions we can get the roles. on job training for students in colleges.

How do we develop/enhance the capacity of existing practitioners?

online learning for short courses is a good thing and such forums for learning exchange.

How do we engage and retain professionals who are working in the sector to contribute to the implementation of the SDG6?

Learning exchange forums.

with thanks,
B. N]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:16:51 +0000
Re: SuSanA Capacity Development Working Group meeting at Stockholm WWW 2016, Tuesday 30 August from 14.00- 15.30h - by: dorothee.spuhler http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h#18485 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h#18485
This is just a gently reminder that the call for contributions to the WG1 meeting (*how to effectively build capacity in the sanitation sector*) is still open!
Just email me or answer to this thread...
Kind regards

Dorothee]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:03:52 +0000
SuSanA Capacity Development Working Group meeting at Stockholm WWW 2016, Tuesday 30 August from 14.00- 15.30h - by: dorothee.spuhler http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h#18403 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h#18403
We would like to cordially invite you to the upcoming Working Group 1 meeting during the Stockholm World Water Week.
When: Tuesday 30 August from 14.00-15.30h (just after the capacity development session organised by CAWST: programme.worldwaterweek.org/event/5985)
Where: In room number 352 at the Stockholm WWW venue 
Please register here: www.susana.org/en/registration-22nd-susana-meeting
 
The agenda is not yet fixed, so any contributions are welcome: email suggestions for discussion topics or presentations outlines to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
The theme this year is going to be:
 
SuSanA Capacity Development Strategy: how to effectively build capacity in the sanitation sector
First part: learning from each other to collectively improve how we build capacity.
  • What makes capacity development effective?
  • How to assess capacity needs?
  • How to evaluate capacity development?
  • How to bring capacity development to scale?

Second part:  discussing the purpose of our working group.
  • Who is the WG1?
  • Who are the primary beneficiaries of WG1 (WG1 members, SuSanA members, beneficiaries, or all implementers and practitioners in sanitation)? 
  • How can WG1 serve that primary audience (sharing resources online, factsheets, regional workshops, webinars, information on trainings and learning opportunities)? 
  • How can these services be provided?

Kind regards and looking forward seeing you soon!
 
Dorothee ]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Mon, 11 Jul 2016 17:47:22 +0000
What are the objectives of SuSanA Working Group 1 on Capacity Development? - by: millieadam http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/16931-what-are-the-objectives-of-susana-working-group-1-on-capacity-development#17762 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/16931-what-are-the-objectives-of-susana-working-group-1-on-capacity-development#17762
Knowledge management – this is a tall task and we are not sure that SuSanA has the resources to put toward it. However, as others have suggested, WG1 could certainly compile information on training materials and institutions. (Without any aspect of evaluation or quality control, which is a big undertaking.)

Help desk (to respond to initial inquiries and direct people to resources/organizations) – this requires a qualified person with significant time allocated to this activity; again, we are not sure SuSanA has the resources to take this on

Coordination - There are often calls for better coordination of our activities, but we are not sure how WG1 could accomplish this

Disseminating knowledge – in order to disseminate sanitation knowledge more broadly, the network would need to be bigger than our working group or we would need to find the right channels to reach those who could benefit from that knowledge

Advocacy – as a credible, well-recognized organization, SuSanA could play a role in raising awareness of the huge need for capacity building in sanitation. Perhaps this is already covered by the advocacy working group, but are they advocating for sustainable sanitation only without communicating the need for capacity building to achieve that?

Developing the capacity of members – This is certainly a role that we think WG1 can play (and has) by organizing workshops, online discussions and the exchange of learnings

These are very much our initial thoughts with the intent of stimulating discussion. We hope others will provide their opinions on the above roles as well as identify others.

Kind regards,

Millie

Millie Adam
Strategic Initiatives, Office of the CEO
Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology
Upper 424 Aviation Road NE, Calgary Alberta, T2E 8H6, Canada
1.403.243.3285 ext.252 |
www.cawst.org]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Tue, 19 Apr 2016 18:43:32 +0000
Re: What are the objectives of SuSanA Working Group 1 on Capacity Development? - by: dorothee.spuhler http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/16931-what-are-the-objectives-of-susana-working-group-1-on-capacity-development#17750 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/16931-what-are-the-objectives-of-susana-working-group-1-on-capacity-development#17750
Thank you for your valuable contribution!

I think the 'learning' aspect is part of the culture of SuSanA and also of WG1.
But I see a potential for WG1 to work on this aspect more formally.
Formulating that into a WG1 objective, this might sounds like:

"Contribute to a learning and reflection culture within the network and encourage reporting on lessons learnt"
As Carol put it: not very good. But prehaps a start?

How could such an objective be reached?

I personally see a huge gap in the sector regarding methods and guidelines on how to efficiently monitor capacity development activities and report on impacts of related projects.
The most recent example highlighting the lack of a ready-made recipe to monitor and measure capacity development is SuSanA itself.
For this forum and other activities, member of SuSanA are continuously raising funds in order to guarantee the vital function and the operation and maintenance of infrastructures such as this forum. Doing this, we are often asked to show, what the impacts of SuSanA, and in particular this forum are. I guess we all agree that the impact is huge and website user statistics can underline these assumption. But user statistic of online forums and webpages are not enough. Are qualitative statement of some selected individuals a good approach: forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-ann...tories-and-examples?
The question of how we can monitor capacity development is one I think we can gain a lot from working on.

Cheers, Dorothee]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Sat, 16 Apr 2016 17:24:50 +0000
Re: What are the objectives of SuSanA Working Group 1 on Capacity Development? - by: dorothee.spuhler http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/16931-what-are-the-objectives-of-susana-working-group-1-on-capacity-development#17749 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/16931-what-are-the-objectives-of-susana-working-group-1-on-capacity-development#17749
Thanks for this contribution, I like the suggestion of simplifying while reviewing.
It also would allow us to highlight tasks we want to focus on and omit others which are taken over by the secretariat. I suggest following variations:


SuSanA Working Group 1 aims to create a global network of of member organizations that together contribute to the development of capacities in the sanitation sector in order to meet the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

The objectives of WG1 are to:
  • Contribute to the mainstreaming and up-scaling of sustainable sanitation.
  • Support the secretariat in knowledge management and sharing and the moderation of the online discussion forum
  • Support curricula development across disciplines
  • Compile information on training courses and institutions and other training opportunities (e.g. student research projects)
  • Provide online practical open source tools and opportunities for sharing


Looking forward to receiving feedback!
Dorothee]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Sat, 16 Apr 2016 17:12:16 +0000
Re: What are the objectives of SuSanA Working Group 1 on Capacity Development? - by: dorothee.spuhler http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/16931-what-are-the-objectives-of-susana-working-group-1-on-capacity-development#17747 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/16931-what-are-the-objectives-of-susana-working-group-1-on-capacity-development#17747
Thank you very much for your reaction.
I think to provide a space for student opportunity announcement could be implemented quite easy. I would suggest to agree on a format to respect and then create a specific space on this forum for all the announcements.
A possible format could be:
Topic: ...
Duration: ...
Home university and supervisors: ...
Location: ...
Short summary: ...
Attachments: ...

We have quite a share of WG members from educational institutions and universities and I am sure that there are plenty of opportunities that are worth to be posted here.
It would also provide an opportunities for matchmaking universities doing applied research abroad with potential applicants from the country where the research takes place which could have benefits regarding the integration of research projects in the local context and particularly contribute to the development of local capacities!

Cheers, Dorothee]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Sat, 16 Apr 2016 17:03:07 +0000
Re: What are the objectives of SuSanA Working Group 1 on Capacity Development? - by: MRonteltap http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/16931-what-are-the-objectives-of-susana-working-group-1-on-capacity-development#17649 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/16931-what-are-the-objectives-of-susana-working-group-1-on-capacity-development#17649
I realised that I sort of lost the feeling of being in the Working Group, probably because, like Carol indicated, the goals of our working group seem to be overlapping here and there with SuSanA as a whole. In that sense I don't fully agree with Pete: the learning is what I feel we do within SuSanA as a whole, whereas it's the WG's responsibility (or better: interest) to keep up with the teaching materials, the opportunities to learn, and to serve as a network for bringing teachers and students (in the broadest sense of the word) together. (Still, the reporting of the learning could be part of our group!)

In that light, I see this call for reconsidering the WG's objectives also as a wake up call - time to rekindle the potential of our WG!

Speaking purely out of self interest (I get quite a few requests for research topics for students): could we also think of providing a platform (or even just a bullet list) to put up student research ideas? Indicating the desired background knowledge of the student, an estimated duration of the research (3 months, 6 months, more), whether lab work can / should be involved, or a pilot study perhaps.
To summarize this in an added bullet point:
- to serve as a platform for student research ideas and topics

Nice to be thinking of this in the bigger picture again!

Thanks all,
Mariska.]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Wed, 06 Apr 2016 20:08:09 +0000
Re: What are the objectives of SuSanA Working Group 1 on Capacity Development? - by: petecranston http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/16931-what-are-the-objectives-of-susana-working-group-1-on-capacity-development#17601 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/16931-what-are-the-objectives-of-susana-working-group-1-on-capacity-development#17601
I like the general statement in the 'values' section quoted in Dorothee's post, with its’ focus on knowledge management and sharing'. But what about adding ‘learning’ at the head of that phrase, since too often KM is seen as to do with information storage and dissemination. Whereas learning and reflection are the essential element in people and organisations changing what they do as a result of other’s experience and research and are thus precursors to the processes of KM & KS

Cheers

Pete]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Fri, 01 Apr 2016 11:52:57 +0000
Re: What are the objectives of SuSanA Working Group 1 on Capacity Development? - by: Carol McCreary http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/16931-what-are-the-objectives-of-susana-working-group-1-on-capacity-development#17584 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/16931-what-are-the-objectives-of-susana-working-group-1-on-capacity-development#17584
Thanks for the reminder.

As for the current goal, it seems circular. The Working Group for Capacity Development seeks to strengthen capacity. But capacity for what? Might it be to support this part of SuSanA's mission? The overall goal of the SuSanA is to contribute to the achievement of current and future international development goals (MDGs, post-2015 process, SDGs) by promoting a systems approach to sanitation provision taking in consideration all aspects of sustainability.

I think the term "working group" is clear. The aim "to create a global network" seems to duplicate what SuSanA is.

Perhaps the goal and objectives could be stated more simply, so people would understand at a glance.

SuSanA Working Group 1 aims to strengthen the capacity of member organizations and the effectiveness of sanitation initiatives that contribute the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

The objectives of WG1 are to
  • Contribute to the mainstreaming and up-scaling of sustainable sanitation.
  • Support curricula development across disciplines
  • Compile information on training courses and institutions
  • Provide online practical open source tools and opportunities for sharing.
  • Foster regional capacity development networks and knowledge nodes
Not very good, but perhaps a start?

Carol]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Thu, 31 Mar 2016 13:40:32 +0000