SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://forum.susana.org/ Thu, 26 May 2016 18:21:52 +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 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
Re: What are the objectives of SuSanA Working Group 1 on Capacity Development? - by: BIFERD http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/16931-what-are-the-objectives-of-susana-working-group-1-on-capacity-development#17577 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/16931-what-are-the-objectives-of-susana-working-group-1-on-capacity-development#17577 I agree with you about the objectives but would like propose you 1 suggestion it is about sharring about the challenges from our goverment to achieve Sustaibnable Development Goal for WASH aspects . see attached a summary report about the World water day in the DRC North Kivu

Best regards
Jonas H]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Thu, 31 Mar 2016 09:27:25 +0000
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#16931 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/16931-what-are-the-objectives-of-susana-working-group-1-on-capacity-development#16931
You may have seen the post of on What are the objectives of a SuSanA Working Group?
I would like to take the opportunity of the moment and launch the discussion on the objectives of working group 1 on capacity development.
The overall goal of WG1 (as stated on the susana webpage) is:
This working group aims to create a global network to strategically accelerate and influence the capacity development process in the sanitation sector.
Moreover, several WG1 specific activities are listed:
  • Production of a factsheet and a DVD with available resources collected from its partner network
  • Supporting curricula development initiatives aiming to enhance the ability of academics and professionals across disciplines to contribute to the mainstreaming and up-scaling of sustainable sanitation.
  • Collect and update information on training courses and training institutions for sustainable sanitation issues
  • Foster regional capacity development networks and knowledge nodes
  • Foster online courses and discussion fora in several languages

Some fundamental values are also mentioned:.
"The working group sees itself as a focal point and networking opportunity for anyone or any organization which seeks to become active in capacity development for sustainable sanitation. Key considerations of the group are to foster knowledge management and knowledge sharing, to use open-source approaches for sharing of course materials, and to optimize the use of the opportunities offered nowadays by the internet for capacity development."

Personally I still think the overall goal of WG1 has not changed over time. However, I think the specific tasks and cited values need a a revamp in order to come up with some specific objectives which we can prioritize and the specifically focus on through the years to come.

What do you think?
How you would describe the general aim and the specific objectives of our working group?

Cheers, Dorothee]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:14:47 +0000
Re: Submit your favorite reading about capacity development (WG1 topic) and win one of many prizes! - by: dorothee.spuhler http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/14150-submit-your-favorite-reading-about-capacity-development-wg1-topic-and-win-one-of-many-prizes?limit=12&start=24#16108 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/14150-submit-your-favorite-reading-about-capacity-development-wg1-topic-and-win-one-of-many-prizes?limit=12&start=24#16108 www.sswm.info/library/2813
www.sswm.info/library/8055]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:14:57 +0000
Re: Submit your favorite reading about capacity development (WG1 topic) and win one of many prizes! - by: dorothee.spuhler http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/14150-submit-your-favorite-reading-about-capacity-development-wg1-topic-and-win-one-of-many-prizes?limit=12&start=24#16107 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/14150-submit-your-favorite-reading-about-capacity-development-wg1-topic-and-win-one-of-many-prizes?limit=12&start=24#16107 WG 1 (Capacity development) Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:09:13 +0000 Re: Submit your favorite reading about capacity development (WG1 topic) and win one of many prizes! - by: dorothee.spuhler http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/14150-submit-your-favorite-reading-about-capacity-development-wg1-topic-and-win-one-of-many-prizes?limit=12&start=24#16106 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/14150-submit-your-favorite-reading-about-capacity-development-wg1-topic-and-win-one-of-many-prizes?limit=12&start=24#16106
Thank you for the feedback and your support.

The wish update the training material section and to make it more easily accessible has been coming up over and over again in WG1 meetings and I had also made a few suggestions how this could be done. However, we would need more active participation of the secretariat in order to coordinate the reshape of the webpage section and the collection of up to date material.
A straight forward action would be to include training resources and training programme webpages in the library and tag it.

Regarding weblinks: I was thinking mainly on online resources. Especially in the field of capacity development and training there are more and more resources which are presented in the form of a weblink (e.g. the SSWM Toolbox, The eCompendium, the MOOCs from Sandec, the upcoming e-learning course from UNESCO-IHE in FSM, etc.). I strongly believe this trend will continue and even enhance.

Such resources should find their place in the library not only as "training material" but also for other topics.
You may have realized that I gave mainly examples of training materials for the weblinks, this is because the two issues are linked...

Greetings from Kathmandu

Dorothee]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:08:35 +0000
Re: Submit your favorite reading about capacity development (WG1 topic) and win one of many prizes! - by: secretariat http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/14150-submit-your-favorite-reading-about-capacity-development-wg1-topic-and-win-one-of-many-prizes?limit=12&start=24#16078 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/14150-submit-your-favorite-reading-about-capacity-development-wg1-topic-and-win-one-of-many-prizes?limit=12&start=24#16078
Check out the library - only your suggestions appear now with the filter WG1!

www.susana.org/en/resources/library?vbl_...amp;vbl_8%5B38%5D=38

Thanks for all the helpful suggestions! We will work on them and keep you updated!


Kind Regards,
Jasmin (on behalf of the SuSanA Secretariat)]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Fri, 27 Nov 2015 15:24:48 +0000
Re: Submit your favorite reading about capacity development (WG1 topic) and win one of many prizes! - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/14150-submit-your-favorite-reading-about-capacity-development-wg1-topic-and-win-one-of-many-prizes?limit=12&start=24#16068 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/14150-submit-your-favorite-reading-about-capacity-development-wg1-topic-and-win-one-of-many-prizes?limit=12&start=24#16068
Your four practical suggestions for the library I fully support. This is what you had suggested:

  1. Broaden the scope of the library in order to include readings and resources in general (documents, webpages, training materials, video, etc.) - we did that in the SSWM Toolbox and made good experiences
  2. Add an additional filter for training material where relevant to the content of the existing library
  3. Review the WG1 tags (filters) in the Library
  4. Invite WG1 members to share recent documents, resources etc with the secretariat to update the WG1 selection

As a straight forward first step I would suggest that the filter attributes for the working group 1 documents are changed so that if someone searches for documents with the theme of capacity development, they only get the ones that you have now identified above rather than all these 93, see here.

This is actually relatively fast and easy to do.
Once again, working group 1 is leading the pack - I think the other working groups will follow suit over time.

For people who are a bit confused what this is all about: In the SuSanA library (www.susana.org/library) at the top right there is a filter button. If you click on that, you can filter the library content by a number of parameters. One of them is to filter by working group topic. So far, when you filter for the WG 1 topic (capacity development) too many come up which are not specific to capacity development, really.

I also support your other suggestions about a better integration of the training materials section (www.susana.org/en/resources/training-materials) into the SuSanA library, and the addition of more training materials.

Also videos are good to add to the SuSanA library. Come to think of it, we had a kind of video library in the old SuSanA website and I think Enno was working on re-integrating that into the new website but I am not so sure now?
The old video page looked like this:
old.susana.org/lang-en/videos-and-photos...ource-material-video

But website links I wouldn't add to the library; I think that would take it a bit far? Or could you give an example how that looks in the SSWM library?

Regards,
Elisabeth]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:32:13 +0000
Re: Submit your favorite reading about capacity development (WG1 topic) and win one of many prizes! - by: dorothee.spuhler http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/14150-submit-your-favorite-reading-about-capacity-development-wg1-topic-and-win-one-of-many-prizes?limit=12&start=24#15640 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-capacity-development/14150-submit-your-favorite-reading-about-capacity-development-wg1-topic-and-win-one-of-many-prizes?limit=12&start=24#15640
Here are the missing links:

WASH Human Resource Capacity Gaps in 15 Developing Economies
www.iwa-network.org/downloads/1422745887...crisis-wash-gaps.pdf

Delivering Effective WASH Training: Delivering Effective WASH Training
resources.cawst.org/collection/deliverin...ning-workshop-kit_en

Cheers, Dorothee]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Tue, 27 Oct 2015 20:18:52 +0000