SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:40:14 +0000 Kunena 1.6 SuSanA - Forum en-gb New from WASHwatch: Donor Profiles - by: AmyKeegan
I am excited to share with you that WASHwatch have just released our new Donor Profiles.

Our aim for these profiles is to provide the information needed to increase donor accountability within the sector. (For more information read our WASHwatch blog)

Which donors are being profiled?
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, CzechRepublic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States of America.

Our first wave of donor profiles have focused on bilateral donor countries that report to OECD to ensure that the figures are comparable. Over the next few months we will be developing multilateral donor profiles.

What are the donor profiles?
a. Donor statistics including: general finance flows, WASH finance flows, WASH finance flows by system and WASH finance flows by channels.
b. Domestic statistics including: water and sanitation access figures.
c. Top WASH ODA Recipient Countries information
2.Donor Coordination Mechanisms including: government departments responsible for international aid, and national CSO coalitions working in domestic advocacy for international aid.
3.Donor Policies and Strategy including: any key documents on organisational strategy highlighting mentions of WASH and WASH specific strategy produced by the government department responsible for international aid.
4.Donor Monitoring Mechanisms: External documents evaluating the donor’s performance both overall and specifically with regards to WASH. Includes:
a. OECD DAC Peer Reviews
b. GLAAS ESA Reports
c. SEEK Development Donor Tracker
d. Aid Transparency Index
e. Commitment to Development Index, Centre for Global Development
f. Other country focused reports produced by domestic CSO coalitions.
5. Declarations and Commitments including: whether donors have met the commitment of using 0.7% of GNI to ODA.
6. Donor Comparison: There is a tool to enable you to directly compare donors statistics and commitments to each other. For example: Development Assistance Countries

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Other announcements Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:26:04 +0000
WSSCC launches its Strategic Plan for 2017-2020 - by: OUmelo
With Sustainable Development Goal 6:2 at its heart, the strategy is formed around two Strategic Outcomes and four Intermediate Outcomes. It identifies the results WSSCC would like to achieve, the issues it will work on, the regions where it will work, and the unique mix of tools, instruments, knowledge and human and financial resources WSSCC has to make a meaningful, quantifiable and sustainable impact for people without sanitation and hygiene in the world, especially those in the most vulnerable situations.

Read more or download the strategy]]>
Other announcements Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:22:55 +0000
News from the Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) - by: OUmelo Other announcements Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:16:54 +0000 Re: Our Sanitation Highlights by year - in 2013 and 2014 - and 2016? - by: muench
I liked your idea to ask people for their professional sanitation highlights in 2016. Looks like not so many people responded though.

So I thought about my own professional sanitation highlights for the year 2016 and they were:
  1. The fact that we got approval for Phase 3 of our grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support SuSanA and knowledge management! This time, we have a bigger scope of works and are working in a consortium with SEI (lead), GIZ, Oxfam, WaterAid, Kellogg Consultants (Diane). See here for more info: . We wouldn't have succeeded in getting this grant without the dedication and patience of Arno Rosemarin! The official title of this phase is: "Supporting SuSanA and the broader Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Community of Practice through an online platform”.
  2. The fact that more and more events and conferences are now using live streaming to make remote participation possible to people all over the world (for example the Virtual Menstrual Hygiene Management Conference in New York and worldwide in October was very well done; see:
  3. The monthly SEI-SuSanA webinars are also a very nice routine addition to our calendars, I think. See videos of all 9 webinars so far in this playlist:
  4. I was also really happy to see Dave Robbins create a Wikipedia article on fecal sludge management ( and Dean Satchell a Wikipedia article on vermifilters ( Well done to those two for being bold and taking the plunge and educating the general public about sanitation topics!

What were your sanitation highlights in 2016?]]>
Other announcements Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:15:31 +0000
Re: Our Sanitation Highlights by year - in 2013 and 2014 - and 2016? - by: campbelldb
Dec 22 – I am learning, being acquainted and enriched with a lot of relevant technical, financial and updates on global sanitation, thanks to Sanitation Updates. This is my achievement!!! On lessons learned, I think academic essays on sanitation is overlooked. more relevant published pieces could be posted on this website – Mohammad Almjadleh, WASH Specialist, Jordan

Dec 22 – We, at Banka BioLoo, have made good inroads in schools sanitation by installing bioloos, helping WaSH in schools. Sanjay Banka, (Steering Committee Member of Sanitation and Water for All), Hyderabad, India.

We hope to hear from others.]]>
Other announcements Thu, 22 Dec 2016 17:09:16 +0000
What Sanitation Successes and Innovations Have You Seen This Year (2016)? - by: campbelldb
As 2016 comes to an end, we would like to hear about the good things you’ve seen or done! What were your small victories, major achievements, and interesting innovations from the past year? What lessons would you like to share that we can post on Sanitation Updates?

Best wishes to all for a fantastic 2017!

Other announcements Wed, 21 Dec 2016 17:26:14 +0000
Re: Thematic discussion: 24th October – 12th November 2016 (Linking WASH to other development sectors) - by: JKMakowka
I think it is an interesting topic, but you can not even follow the discussion without joining linkdin.

Maybe it is just me, but I don't feel like signing up for a for-profit, personal data selling head-hunting website that recently had a major data breach with millions of personal accounts hacked and identity information stolen.]]>
Other announcements Mon, 07 Nov 2016 09:33:52 +0000
Re: Thematic discussion: 24th October – 12th November 2016 (Linking WASH to other development sectors) - by: rochelleholm
There is general globally consensus among climate change scientists that water is the main channel through which climate change impacts will be felt by people, ecosystems and economies. Both observation records and climate projections provide strong evidence that freshwater resources are vulnerable, with the potential to be strongly impacted. The impacts on fresh water resources are perceived to also have an impact on WASH results. For example, floods undoubtedly cause sanitation systems to overflow, result in damage to infrastructure and create widespread sanitation related health problems. Furthermore, environmental degradation exacerbated by intense rainfall events and agriculture in sub-Saharan region clearly impacts infrastructure and poses a longer term threat to sanitation. Already there are sanitation ‘wars’ at individual, household and community levels because of shared pit latrines. I argued that addressing issues of sustainable sanitation amidst climate change will require a paradigm shift. I propose sanitation programmes should adopt an integrated, comprehensive ecosystem approach such as catchment protection, water resources management and dissemination of basic knowledge on climate change and innovations. I invite you to the discussion guided by the following questions:
1. Does the current level of awareness on climate risk in the global south impact sanitation? And, are there opportunities to translate current awareness into practical measures that could increase the resilience of sanitation programmes?
2. How should current sanitation management be modified amidst climate change?
3. Does climate change imply only bad news about sanitation in developing countries?
Are there any innovative ways of addressing these issues?

To participate in the discussion, please join here:


We look forward to some constructive and in-depth discussions!]]>
Other announcements Mon, 07 Nov 2016 08:07:50 +0000
WIN Photo Competition: Integrity in Wastewater Management - by: WIN How does corruption and malpractice affect water and wastewater management? What does integrity in wastewater management mean? How can we visualize it?

Your photos could have the power to reflect how increased water integrity can change the water sector and improve lives.

For Water Integrity Network's (WIN) annual photo competition, share your vision! Submit up to two photos showing the impact of corruption and/or integrity at work in wastewater management.

Our jury of water and media specialists will select the winning photo and reward the winner with a 1000 USD voucher for photography equipment. Winners will be announced on World Water Day 2017, 22 March 2017. All shortlisted photos will be displayed on the WIN website.

For more information, please visit our website: [url=]]]>
Other announcements Tue, 01 Nov 2016 11:29:53 +0000
Re: Thematic discussion: 24th October – 12th November 2016 (Linking WASH to other development sectors) - by: rochelleholm
The SDGs aim to provide access to improved sanitation and improved water sources to all by 2030. This will require services to be delivered to the hardest to reach, the poorest and those whose water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs are currently not addressed by mainstream programming. Disabled people are reported to be at increased risk of having inadequate access to WASH facilities. The World Disability Report estimates that 15% of the world’s population are disabled. Consequently, the new SDG will not be met unless access to WASH is improved for disabled people.
1. What examples exist of successful efforts to address the needs of disabled people within WASH interventions?
2. How do we convince policy makers in low and middle income countries that including people with disabilities in WASH programs is an important issue given that money is limited and WASH access is low generally?
3. We have lots of good examples of adaptive technologies but these have only been piloted on a small scale. How can we create a demand for innovative WASH designs among people with disability and what mechanisms can we use to get innovative design ideas to people with disabilities?
4. Currently WASH inclusivity is monitored by counting how many accessible toilets/water points have been built. We do not measure use of these facilities or whether they are acceptable and fully meet the needs of people with disabilities. What types of indicators or measurement tools might be adopted to do this better?
5. In high income countries the needs of the majority population were catered for first and the needs of people with disabilities were addressed later through targeted initiatives. Yet in poorer countries we argue that initiatives should be inclusive from the outset. Is this appropriate?
6. What is the appropriate role for subsidy in addressing the needs of people with disabilities within WASH interventions and how could subsidy best be targeted?

To participate in the discussion, please join here:


We look forward to some constructive and in-depth discussions!]]>
Other announcements Tue, 01 Nov 2016 06:51:10 +0000
Re: Thematic discussion: 24th October – 12th November 2016 (Linking WASH to other development sectors) - by: rochelleholm
The session this week is being led by Megan Wilson-Jones and Dan Jones of WaterAid.

Growing evidence suggests that the links between nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are stronger than previously understood. The World Health Organisation estimates that 50% of undernutrition is associated with infections caused by poor WASH, which include at least three biological pathways; diarrhoea, environmental enteric dysfunction and intestinal worms. In addition, other indirect social and economic pathways also playing an important role linking poor WASH to undernutrition. These complex and overlapping pathways highlight the critical need to better link WASH and nutrition programmes at a community level in order to a) contribute to improved nutrition outcomes and b) enhance potential positive synergies between programmes and in doing so improve efficiencies and cost-effectiveness.

The multiple pathways through which WASH directly and indirectly impact on nutrition has provided a clear rationale for embedding and incorporating WASH components into nutrition policies, plans and programmes. However, the incentives for the WASH sector to make programmes more nutrition-sensitive or to integrate with nutrition programmes are not necessarily as obvious.

Since both nutrition and WASH programmes rely to some degree on sustained behaviour change, behaviour change interventions could offer promising opportunities to integrate nutrition and WASH programmes.

Questions for consideration:
1. What incentives are needed to more systematically collaborate across nutrition and WASH programmes where WASH is a major underlying cause of undernutrition?
2. While there is no single blueprint for how to integrate WASH and nutrition programmes, are there key principles or areas of commonality which should be promoted, such as behaviour change, when identifying opportunities to work together?
3. What role can national and global advocacy play in progressing the nutrition-WASH agenda?

To participate in the discussion, please join here:


We look forward to some constructive and in-depth discussions!]]>
Other announcements Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:21:35 +0000
Re: Thematic discussion on LinkedIn: 3th October – 22nd October 2016 (Research in use) - by: rochelleholm Thank you for your response to the Thematic discussion on low-cost technology, and interesting ideas.

The discussion on LinkedIn has been very active at .]]>
Other announcements Wed, 19 Oct 2016 02:57:04 +0000
Re: Thematic discussion on LinkedIn: 3th October – 22nd October 2016 (Research in use) - by: rochelleholm
The session this week is being led by Dr. Ambumulire Phiri at Mzuzu University, Malawi.

Recent studies have examined how diverse needs of women at different life stages face sanitation-related psychosocial stress that impact their quality of life. These women include adolescent girls of school going age, pregnant women, disabled women, the elderly and women with health conditions such as bladder fistula among others. Menstrual management, bathing, changing clothes, defecation, urination, and accessing water have been identified as some sanitation activities related to psychosocial stress (Hulland et al., 2015 - and White et al., 2016 -

1. What are some local strategies in place to reduce sanitation-related psychosocial stress and improve the safety and quality of life for women and girls?
2. Are there any innovative ways of addressing these issues?
3. How are women with health related challenges like bladder fistula supported?

We look forward to some constructive and in-depth discussions!

To participate in the discussion, please join here:
Other announcements Wed, 19 Oct 2016 02:52:49 +0000
Thematic discussion: 24th October – 12th November 2016 (Linking WASH to other development sectors) - taking place on LinkedIn discussion group CoP by WSSCC - by: rochelleholm
The thematic discussion will take place on the CoP; with a coordinator moderating the discussions. The discussion will be split into three inter-linked sub-themes and conversation leaders will frame and prompt debates each week on:

24 - 30 October – Theme 1: WASH and Nutrition – At a grassroots level, WASH and nutrition are not often combined, what are some examples of successful merging of these themes? What about the health impact and the perceptions and views of communities? If you had one area of WASH and nutrition which makes the biggest impact to focus on what would it be?

31 October - 6 November – Theme 2: WASH and Disability – What are the barriers to accessing WASH people with disabilities in developing countries? Is standard CLTS inclusive? How can schools in developing countries be more accessible? What are some examples of successful merging of these two themes?

7 - 12 November – Theme 3: Climate Change and WASH –What are some of the local strategies in place to strengthen climate change resiliency and WASH objectives? If an ODF community build a pit latrine by cutting down old growth trees, have we made a positive or negative impact at a community level? Are there more innovative ways looking at not only the environment and human dimensions of these problems? What are some examples of successful merging of these two themes by field practitioners?

Join us for the discussion with some of the following thematic experts:
*Megan Wilson-Jones and Dan Jones, WaterAid
*Adam Biran and Sian White, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
*Mavuto Tembo, Mzuzu University, Malawi

Weekly summaries of discussions will be posted on the CoP as well as a synthesis report of overarching findings at the end.

To participate in the discussion, please join here:


We look forward to some constructive and in-depth discussions!]]>
Other announcements Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:30:54 +0000
Re: Thematic discussion on LinkedIn: 3th October – 22nd October 2016 (Research in use) - by: muench
I hope your thematic discussion on LinkedIn is going really well. Are you inviting people who don't use LinkedIn to participate as well? This could be done by copying posts from one platform to the other (i.e. from LinkedIn to here and vice versa).

Will you make a summary of the discussion of Week 1 available here? I think that would be useful and might encourage more people to participate in Week 2 and 3.

Regarding the two questions of Week 2, my small inputs would be:
1. I don't really understand the question. I would say the answer is "yes", but just because we can develop such technology there are still many questions around uptake and scaling up. E.g. urine-diverting dry toilets have been around for a long time now and they work, but uptake and scaling up seems to be not really happening in most countries.

2. For the second question, this is a bit of an odd one! Most users don't want to see their feces, I would say (not anyone else's but also not their own). With a UDDT that is using a bucket to collect the feces it is easily possible to examine one's faeces if that's needed from a health perspective. But I would say people suffering from diarrhoea can probably describe the consistency of their feces to their doctor without having to examine them. With regards to the larvae of intestinal parasites that's an interesting one. I have no experience with that. Does anyone have experiences of discovering such larvae in your own feces? Or perhaps in the feces of your children?

But overall, I am not so clear on how the second question relates to the first one, or to the overall theme of the discussion.

Other announcements Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:57:59 +0000