SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://forum.susana.org/ Sat, 06 Feb 2016 20:32:26 +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: New description of scope of Working Group 9 (public awareness, advocacy, civil society engagement) - by: Carol McCreary http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/62-wg-9-public-awareness-advocacy-civil-society-engagement/16720-new-description-of-scope-of-working-group-9-public-awareness-advocacy-civil-society-engagement#16722 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/62-wg-9-public-awareness-advocacy-civil-society-engagement/16720-new-description-of-scope-of-working-group-9-public-awareness-advocacy-civil-society-engagement#16722
Appreciate your comments on the purpose statement for WG9.

Last summer, after the WG9 focus changed to "Public Awareness, Advocacy, Civil Society Engagement", we were asked by the SuSanA Secretariat to define focus and scope. They wanted it quick, perhaps for World Water Week. I drafted in great haste, sent it WG9's Jack Sim and his staff at the World Toilet Organization and it was posted.

The Forum users in this thread have thought a lot about WG9. I hope they will send comments and suggestions, including on the vocabulary differences. (I did advocacy (le plaidoyer) training French and know if it very different.)
  1. What do want or expect from WG9?
  2. Within SuSanA's overall goals, what is the importance of public awareness, advocacy, and civil society engagement?
  3. Can you give examples of 1) public awareness 2) advocacy, and 3) civil society engagement with the world of sustainable sanitation?

Thanks

Carol]]>
WG 9 (Public awareness, advocacy, civil society engagement) Wed, 27 Jan 2016 04:36:36 +0000
New description of scope of Working Group 9 (public awareness, advocacy, civil society engagement) - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/62-wg-9-public-awareness-advocacy-civil-society-engagement/16720-new-description-of-scope-of-working-group-9-public-awareness-advocacy-civil-society-engagement#16720 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/62-wg-9-public-awareness-advocacy-civil-society-engagement/16720-new-description-of-scope-of-working-group-9-public-awareness-advocacy-civil-society-engagement#16720
Regarding the description of Working Group 9 (www.susana.org/en/working-groups/sanitat...ess-public-awareness) which you pointed out here, I like it a lot but have one concern. You wrote:

We seek to engage communities and local governments from the Global South and the Global North on the scope and scale of the challenges, from the 2.5 billion without toilets to the vulnerability of those served by large, inadequately maintained sewer infrastructure.

I don't really understand the part that I highlighed in bold. I vaguely know what you're probably getting at but the way it is written, it seems to me like "the usual slant of the ecosan community" against "large" wastewater treatment plants... This is not something that we at SuSanA usually try to do. I mean, yes, there are problems with sewers and treatment plants but there are problems also with everything else, and there are horses for courses. SuSanA does not have a blanket condemnation against large sewage infrastructure (even though yes, we often point out that they can be overly expensive, use a lot of water and can be costly to maintain).

And anyhow, what is the definition of "large"? Even smaller sewage treatment plants can fail and be inadequate. When maintenance is neglected, everything fails anyway, whether it's a wastewater treatment plant, pit latrine, UDDT, composting toilet, waterless urinal...

So I am wondering if this sentence could be modified to make it clearer what you really mean?

Regards,
Elisabeth]]>
WG 9 (Public awareness, advocacy, civil society engagement) Wed, 27 Jan 2016 02:27:25 +0000
Where can I find thematic discussions about public awareness, advocacy and civil society engagement here on the forum? - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/62-wg-9-public-awareness-advocacy-civil-society-engagement/16188-where-can-i-find-thematic-discussions-about-public-awareness-advocacy-and-civil-society-engagement-here-on-the-forum#16188 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/62-wg-9-public-awareness-advocacy-civil-society-engagement/16188-where-can-i-find-thematic-discussions-about-public-awareness-advocacy-and-civil-society-engagement-here-on-the-forum#16188 forum.susana.org/forum/categories/162-public-awareness-raising

In contrast, this sub-section here only discusses organisational issues around the Working Group 9 on public awareness, advocacy and civil society engagement, such as the date for next meeting, minutes from meetings, planned outputs of working group etc.]]>
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