SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication Sat, 01 Nov 2014 10:14:22 +0000 Kunena 1.6 SuSanA - Forum en-gb Re: Is there a need for more trained Local Project Support personnel for better Project outcomes? - by: denniskl WG 1 (cap. development) Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:51:41 +0000 Is there a need for more trained Local Project Support personnel for better Project outcomes? - by: denniskl
* Bi-lingual

* Understands (and has a working knowledge of) local and national government processes

* Is from the community - or at least, from a similar community, (so the shared experiences can aid in communication and understanding)

* Aware of, and has capability to add value to, the dev project processes

* Have a good awareness of community participation processes (and has the skills to run them)

* Good communicators of the project messages and benefits (and it's limitations)

* Can manage community expectations

* Understand the importance of M & E (and can manage M & E after the implementation)

If sourcing this type of resource in the countries you operate in is an issue for you, please let me know as we have been putting a Training Framework together to address these issues in-country and would appreciate some input from the field]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:26:25 +0000
Re: Concept of Massive Open Online Courses for SUSANA and its members & users? - by: ulrichl
The MOOC “Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies” by Eawag's department Sandec in partnership with EPFL (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne) has started today. So far more than 5'000 students from 173 countries are enrolled. You can still sign up and participate for free.
For further information please see below.


Online course “Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies”
On 13 October 2014, the Department of Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries (Sandec/Eawag), in partnership with the EPF Lausanne, is launching its second Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The course is entitled “Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies”, and is for free, in English and has French subtitles. Join the course and learn how to plan affordable and context-specific sanitation solutions. We will present examples of successful and failed urban sanitation systems in low- and middle-income countries. For further information and to sign up for the course, please go to:


Cours en ligne « Planification & Design des Systèmes et Technologies d’Assainissement »
Le département Eau et Assainissement dans les Pays en Développement (Sandec/Eawag) et l’EPFL lancent leur second MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) le 13 octobre 2014. Ce cours gratuit en ligne, intitulé « Planification & Design des Systèmes et Technologies d’Assainissement » est donné en anglais avec des sous-titres en français. Inscrivez-vous et apprenez à planifier des solutions d’assainissement accessibles et spécifiques à des contextes donnés. Nous vous présenterons les différentes technologies à disposition, comment les combiner et des exemples de systèmes d’assainissement urbains, dans des pays à bas et moyen revenu, ponctués d'exercices interactifs. Pour obtenir plus d’information et s’inscrire aux cours, consultez:]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:49:56 +0000
Working Group 1 meeting - next Saturday 6th Sept 11:45-13:00 - by: dorothee.spuhler
Please find attached the agenda for our upcoming meeting on next Saturday 6th Sept 11:45-13:00.

For general information on the meeting and to learn how to get there, please visit the meeting page.
If you can not attend, be aware of the life streaming and the opportunity of online participation!

Kind regards and looking forwards to seeing you soon!

WG 1 (cap. development) Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:59:28 +0000
Re: Water and sanitation courses at US universities - by: CeciliaRodrigues
Just came across an event organized by the ABCON (Associação Brasielira das Concessionárias de Serviços Públicos de Água e Esgoto) and SINDCON (Sindicato Brasileiro das Concessionárias de Serviços Públicos de Água e Esgoto) - 5° Encontro Nacional das Águas. I checked the program and I found a presentation that matches with your research interests:

Projeto PROBIOGÁS - iniciativas para o aproveitamento energético do biogás em ETEs, by Victor B. Valente - GIZ (15.08 at 15:00)

It will take place next week in São Paulo: Even if you are not taking part, perhaps it's an good contact here in Brazil to start with.

The full programme:

Also, I am finding good reference material regarding fecal sludge composting at the PROSAB - Programa de Pesquisa em Saneamento Básico website. There might be also few things on biogas production from wastewater treatment plants.(

Good luck!
WG 1 (cap. development) Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:09:28 +0000
Re: A dissertation on: Sustainability-based Sanitation Planning Tool (SusTA) - by: tantinayono
I try to answer the question in your e-mail regarding the last step of SusTA: sustainability-oriented technology assessment:

1. To evaluate the technology options, a set of sustainability-based technology assessment indicators is used. This set of indicators, described in Step 4 of SusTA, is equipped with fulfillment conditions (a certain condition, describing what is considered as high-medium-low fulfillment of a technology into a certain context. See Table 9.7 in the dissertation). These fulfillment conditions are defined by users, operators, regulation and planner- depending on their relevancy into particular issues. Therefore it is very important to involve all these stakeholders in the project level, in order to know what is defined as sustainable for their context.

2. Technology options to be evaluated are gained from screening criteria (Figure 10.1 in the dissertation), as the results of Step 2.b of (distance-to-target analysis) and step 3.b (physical, social-economic examination). This screening process is to help the planners to narrow down the options to be analyzed for a particular context. But one can also put other technology options as one wishes, e.g. for comparison.

3. Technology assessment matrices (see Appendix 3 in the dissertation) are used to evaluate the technologies as systems (from user interface to the end product). Basically each matrix evaluates how far a system meets the fulfillment conditions. These matrices provide comprehensive insight on the effects of technologies and clarify all the consequences. Data to fill the matrices is gained from household questionnaire and interviews (see Appendix 1); own surveys and calculation (see Appendix 4); and literature (particularly for technology facts).

4. The results of the matrices can be plotted into a rose-chart diagram (Figure 10.16). One can select a technology based on single indicator (e.g. acceptance, removal efficiency); particular issue (e.g. cost, OM, resources recovery) or as an entire dimension. The most important thing is that the transparencies are already provided in the matrices, so that the decision-makers will know the consequences of their choice.

I hope this explanation helps.

WG 1 (cap. development) Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:49:52 +0000
A dissertation on: Sustainability-based Sanitation Planning Tool (SusTA) - by: tantinayono
This is my first posting in the forum. My name is Tanti, I am from Indonesia. I was a PhD student at Department of Environmental and Sanitary Engineering, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and Institute of Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. I did my PhD in the frame of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Indonesia Project, funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).

I developed a Sustainability-based Sanitation Planning Tool (SusTA) for developing countries. This tool is to assist decision-makers to select the most sustainable sanitation system for their contexts. The idea started from the findings during my work in the project. I noticed that there is a fragmented view to see a sustainability of a sanitation technology. Most decision-makers will ‘judge’ the sustainability of a technology, merely based on environmental consideration, namely the ability of a technology to recover the resources. Based on the Helmholtz Concept of Sustainability, I try to offer a comprehensive view to see sustainability, using two sets of indicators. One set to detect the current sanitation-related problems and another set to select a sanitation technology.

SusTA enables the decision-makers to define sustainable technology for their context. There is a common understanding on what considered sustainable in the global context is. But it is very important for decision-makers to recognize what is considered sustainable for their context. Therefore I equipped the set of technology assessment indicators with fulfillment conditions for specific context. I also provide hints for adaptation, if this set of indicators will be used for another context.

If you are interested, you can find my dissertation on:

The dissertation consists of the methodological part on the development of SusTA, and the final product: SusTA itself. I plan to make a summary regarding SusTA with its five steps and tool elements for the rush readers. I hope it will be ready by September 2014.

Regards from Indonesia,
WG 1 (cap. development) Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:22:08 +0000
Re: SuSanA Meeting and Working Group 1 Meeting at the SWWW 2014 (Stockholm World Water Week, Sweden) - by: dorothee.spuhler
(see also:

Please use the comments field if you wish to participate in the WG1 meeting.

WG 1 (cap. development) Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:32:42 +0000
Re: Water and sanitation courses at US universities - by: JotaCarlos
thank you very much for your help!
The partnership is over, it happened just once. But still I try to contact some professors/researchers at the UNESCO-IHE. I am still waiting for answer (It is probably because the summer holidays in europe Like, holy days

You are right, the theme of the Fenasan are more about solid waste. As I am focused in wastewater it does not help much.. But thanks anyway.

I will keep trying. A professor in Sweden has sent me an email. It is a bit (just a bit) out of my goal, I am analysing the proposal. He got in contact through a student that saw my post, so thanks also whoever it is.

My best regards to all,
WG 1 (cap. development) Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:30:51 +0000
Tuula Tuhkanen form the Univerity of Jyväskylä, Finland - by: tuhkanen
I try to attend the sessions on 5th or at least 6th of September. I would like to get new ideas/recourses to update our old Safe and Sustainable Sanitation Internet course. I am planning a new version "Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation", which is going to be offered for all Finnish universities via the Unipid network.

Tuula Tuhkanen
Department of Biological and Environmental Science
University of Jyvaskylä since 1.8.2013
(until that Tampere University of Technology)
WG 1 (cap. development) Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:12:49 +0000
Re: Water and sanitation courses at US universities - by: CeciliaRodrigues
Nice to hear from you. This partnership you mentioned was part of the 'Ciências sem Fronteiras' Programme. It was launched last year, but I can't tell if there will be a similar call this year. I applied and I got accepted by Unesco-IHE, but I didn't get the funding. It was for a full PhD programme, but I thing it would had been a better deal if it was a 'sandwich' for several reason, but specially to foster such topics in Brazilian research agenda.

I am from the governance side, so I am not aware of professors in your particular research field, but I can recommend you to have a look at the 'Sanitary Engineering' Chair Group:, you might also have a look at their staff's CVs. They can probably be of help!

It can be a bit off topic, but I checked recently the programme of the Fenasan (25° Feira Nacional de Saneamento e Meio Ambiente and 25° Congresso Nacional de Saneamento e Meio Ambiente). I remember reading something about biogas, but I think it was related to solid waste. If you feel like checking:

Good luck!
WG 1 (cap. development) Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:52:07 +0000
PhD programmes for students from Brazil? - by: JotaCarlos
I am from Brazil, Minas Gerais, and I am quite interested in doing a Phd at the UNESCO-IHE. I have just contacted Mirs. Jolanda from the Admission Office last Monday and I am going to send all documents for evaluation as soon as possible.

I see this topic is a bit old, dated 2013 ( but I would like to ask if there is still a partnership between CAPES and the UNESCO-IHE institute?
Could you help me find a researcher (to be my supervisor) at UNESCO-IHE who has interest in production of biogas through wastewater treatment? If there isn't, I would be glad and very satisfied to work of wastewater treatment in any topic.

Thanks in advance.
Best regards,
Jose Carlos]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:57:36 +0000
SuSanA Meeting and Working Group 1 Meeting at the SWWW 2014 (Stockholm World Water Week, Sweden) - by: dorothee.spuhler
I would like to rise your awareness regarding the upcoming SuSanA meeting taking place on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th September in Stockholm. Here is the pre-meeting page:

We would like to organise a WG1 knowledge exchange meeting on 6th September at SEI.
I therefore kindly ask you:
1) If you are interested in attending?
2) What you would expect from such a meeting?
3) If you would like to share a special topic/issue (e.g. past/current work; ideas for working group activities; etc.) either during the WG1 meeting or with the whole SuSanA crowd during the plenary meeting.

Feel free to use this forum category, the wg mailing list, or my personal email or the SuSanA forum.

Please also note that I am happy to feed in your inputs during the meeting in case you will not be personally present.

Kind regards and looking forward seeing some of you soon!


PS: See also here for information on SuSanA involvements during WWW:]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:55:13 +0000
Re: Review of Support Resources in Sanitation and New Decision & Assessment Tools portal on Akvopedia - by: dorothee.spuhler
Thanks for your various posts!

If your are interested in the resources referred to in the CSTEP Sanitaiton Compendium you can find many of them online together with further readings and related weblinks on the SSWM Toolbox.

The new Decision and Assessment Portal are good news too! This complements what there is already on the Toolbox:
Planning and Process Tools

There can not be enough of examples of good resources to support planning in sustainable sanitation!
I hope many additional initiatives are joining the collection of tools already online and that the articles can be completed soon. As they complete and show application on the field, we may also consider integrating some of the resource as a Tool on the SSWM Toolbox. Are there already some case studies available on the portal?

Kind regards
WG 1 (cap. development) Tue, 10 Jun 2014 08:14:09 +0000
Re: Review of Support Resources in Sanitation (resources that aid decision making for sanitation options) - by: AquaVerde
Thanks for your excellent work. This Decision & Assessment Tools (guidelines) are a good and rational starting point for project/system planning, but just from the very rational points of engineering and probably economical budget estimations too.

I regret, at least my project and life experiences in this area are much different, excellent decision & assessment guidelines like yours are not enough!

If it it comes to the point of making The Decisions, simple engineering/economical rationalities are not enough, they are fading away very fast. Especial if you deal with large scale project/systems with a lot of tax-payers money involved, already during necessary preliminary Assessment time "things" and project directions will become very irrational. In my opinion, it is more about "special interests", power and politics with all its hidden agendas them about excellent Decision & Assessment Tools (guidelines).

Maybe in an idealistic world it will be very different...

I regret, I do not have a rational solution at hand.

All the Best
WG 1 (cap. development) Sun, 08 Jun 2014 08:51:50 +0000