SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication Wed, 27 May 2015 07:42:49 +0000 Kunena 1.6 SuSanA - Forum en-gb Re: Knowledge Point, a question and answer Forum - how does it compare to this forum? - by: sailas
Thank you for the valued feedback that you provided on the Linkedin group. The LinkedIn Group for "Community of Practice for Sanitation and Hygiene" is part of the Global Community of Practice for Sanitation and Hygiene Initiative that was launched in 2011. The aim is to reinforce the global community of those working in sanitation and hygiene and create a neutral platform to share and learn together. The group is managed by a Coordinator who currently sits within the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC). The coordinator works with a global team of 'stewards' who are dedicated and well respected sector professionals.

The question on why it is necessary to have different platforms was extensively discussed on this forum (

We encourage cross-fertilization of ideas between these forums/CoPs and we look forward to receiving new ideas on how this can be accelerated

Any other announcements Mon, 04 May 2015 13:29:15 +0000
Re: Knowledge Point, a question and answer Forum - how does it compare to this forum? - by: F H Mughal
I find that you have posed a question on LinkedIn - - and the question is: What are the top thematic topics that this CoP should prioritize in 2015?

While the question is very interesting and timely (I have briefly responded to it), could I kindly know, for my knowledge management, what were the reasons that led you to pose the question on LinkledIn, and not on this forum.

Perhaps, from your response, we might know why it is necessary to have different forums, as each forum is unique in itself. As is commonly said: variety is the spice of life!


F H Mughal]]>
Any other announcements Sun, 03 May 2015 17:15:51 +0000
Re: Knowledge Point, a question and answer Forum - how does it compare to this forum? - by: sailas Any other announcements Fri, 01 May 2015 12:24:40 +0000 Re: Knowledge Point, a question and answer Forum - how does it compare to this forum? - by: muench
The KnowledgePoint initiative that started in 2009 has been funded by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund, and already has over 600 professionals in the network. Discussions today range from solar pumps and water filters for individual households to data on functionality and reliability of water and sanitation systems in countries.

I read this information and more about Knowledge Point in IRC's recent newsletter here:

Some more information about Knowledge Point from the same article:

There are already some fantastic forums in the sector, but KnowledgePoint is particularly focussed on finding solutions to enquiries coming from the community. The growing network is also helping to create connections beyond the WASH sector. For example, our support to the Global WASH Cluster’s Ebola response involved connecting WASH and Health specialists. It's often in times of crises that the linkages between WASH and health become most clear.

"It's been an incredibly positive experience," says Timothy Kent, Project manager of KnowledgePoint. "In the times of the Ebola outbreak professionals could for example ask questions and get real time answers from specialists to provide guidance to those fighting the epidemic in the worst affected countries."
Any other announcements Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:32:23 +0000
Re: Knowledge Point, a question and answer Forum - how does it compare to this forum? - by: muench
How is Knowledge Point actually funded? I tried to find this information on the website ( Do all the organisations listed at the bottom of the page provide a certain financial contribution?

(if anyone wants to know the same question about this forum, they can find the answer here:]]>
Any other announcements Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:57:03 +0000
Re: We need to push ecological sanitation - Swiss Sustainability Prize - by: Mona
thanks so much for your support and everyone who voted for MoSan on the Swiss Sustainability Prize. Unfortunately the MoSan solution did not make it to the finals. But there are still great news: just recently it received the Social Design Award from Hans-Sauer Foundation in Germany! (in German)
All finalists here:

While attending this award I had to realize that still many people are not aware of the global lack of access to sanitation. Attending the "social design elevation days" during the Munich Creative Business Week it was my mission to change this! By talking about sanitation and promoting the MoSan concept I hope to raise awareness in the creative scene!

Thanks again and all the best,
Any other announcements Sun, 08 Mar 2015 21:15:25 +0000
We need to push ecological sanitation - Swiss Sustainability Prize - by: dorothee.spuhler One of our cewas-ians needs your support to win a Swiss Sustainability Prize (Prix eco Swisscanto.
She needs a few more likes in order to win the first prize of 15'000 CHF to support her work. See her request below (Deadline is tomorrow Wednesday 04.03.15 - so please be fast ):

Please click on this Facebook link ( and 'Like' the photo. Here's why:

Clean sanitation is not accessible for 2.5 billion people worldwide. More people die from water born diseases than Aids, malaria, and measles combined. The MoSan - Mobile Sanitation concept offers an elegant solution. If it is one of the two "most Liked" photos, then it could win the 'Swiss Sustainability Prize' category "Future" and win funding for scaling and implementation!

If you support ecological sanitation, then please :

1) Click on this link, and 'Like' the photo to add your vote.

2) Share this post.

Thanks so much!

More infors here:]]>
Any other announcements Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:56:00 +0000
Re: Knowledge Point, a question and answer Forum - how does it compare to this forum? - by: dietvorst
We hope that Knowledge Point will lead to better management and monitoring of query handling and help profile of our expertise (through public queries).

Besides the differences that Remi aleady mentioned, the scope of Knowledge Point is broader (humanitarian development) that the SuSanA Forum and answers can only assigned staff of member organisations can respond to queries.]]>
Any other announcements Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:17:07 +0000
Knowledge Point, a question and answer Forum - how does it compare to this forum? - by: rkaupp Note by moderator: this post was originally in this thread:


Hi Elizabeth,

KnowledgePoint (* is very useful for us in the sense that we can have "private" questions, visible only internally to specific organisations, which allows asking questions between colleagues in a very practical manner for a global organisation. This is also how Practical Action and RedR are using it.

Then, if a question could be better answered by outside people and is not confidential, then it is opened up to the public and placed on the front page (the one you can see, along with questions asked publicly from the start). For example:

I personally like that KP is very focused on questions/answers, and therefore at solving particular problems. It clearly does not feel like a place for debate, for instance, something best left to SuSanA. This is also due to the interface used. For instance, another group I look at, Experts Solidaires (, despite supposedly being a group of experts answering questions on development, is now very much an open discussion forum with contributions of varying quality (lots of opinions).

You may want to ask people from Practical Action how they feel about it!


* A Q&A Forum for shared knowledge in humanitarian development]]>
Any other announcements Fri, 20 Feb 2015 12:18:37 +0000
Hall of Fame - by: F H Mughal Hall of Fame Award" for significant contributions to the sanitation sector in Bangladesh. The award was handed to Dr. Akramul Islam at the 14th World Toilet Summit 2015 in Delhi by Dr. Subramanian Swamy MP, Former Minister of India, and Jack Sim Founder of the World Toilet Organization. Minister Devendra Chaudhry, Special Secretary, Ministry of Power India, was also present at the occasion along with representatives from governments, donors, development partners, business sectors, NGOs and media (

I suggest that the title "User of the Month" may be changed to "Hall of Fame" in sanitation.

F H Mughal]]>
Any other announcements Thu, 22 Jan 2015 07:43:01 +0000
BRAC enters sanitation Hall of Fame - by: dietvorst World Toilet Summit 2015 in Delhi by Dr. Subramanian Swamy MP, Former Minister of India, and Jack Sim Founder of the World Toilet Organization in the presence of Minister Devendra Chaudhry, Special Secretary, Ministry of Power India.

Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in providing basic sanitation services to its people. It is now estimated that throughout Bangladesh, 57% use sanitary latrines, while a mere 3% of the people still practise open defecation.

Over 8 years, the BRAC WASH programme reached more than 66 million people, about half of the rural population of Bangladesh. It has successfully worked to improve household sanitation by creating demand for hygienic latrines while supporting an extensive supply chain and local businesses. Current coverage with hygienic and adequately maintained toilets is 82% in the 152 districts where BRAC has worked. All these successes have been underpinned by a strong provision of service to the poor and ultra-poor and by a unique hygiene promotion programme focusing on universal use and sustainability of services in communities, households and schools.

IRC is a knowledge partner of BRAC WASH since 2005.

Read more at:]]>
Any other announcements Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:30:27 +0000
Re: Massacre in school in Pakistan: We share your grief - by: F H Mughal
Thank you so much for your kind message. I have never heard of such a ghastly tragedy before.
If you see today's Dawn newspaper (, there is a spine-chilling news. I copy a part below:

‘We have killed all the children... What do we do now?

PESHAWAR: “We have killed all the children in the auditorium,” one of the attackers told his handler. “What do we do now?” he asked. “Wait for the army people, kill them before blowing yourself,” his handler ordered.

My heart goes out to the families of those innocent children. I hope and pray that such tragedies are not repeated in future.

Thanks again for your kind message.


F H Mughal]]>
Any other announcements Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:50:45 +0000
Massacre in school in Pakistan: We share your grief - by: Sowmya
You are a long-standing member of SuSanA and I have always loved to read your posts, have learnt from you and appreciate your readiness to always respond to queries and give feedback on forum discussions. This message is specially for you as much as it is to the people of your country.

The massacre of 141 people in Peshawar, 132 of whom were children, is an outrage against the people of Pakistan and the world. We share your grief and join your prayers for peace and earnestly hope that the deaths of so many innocent children will not have been in vain, that it will unite Pakistan and the world in ensuring that no child anywhere needs to know the meaning of fear.

We do know that your government is strengthening its efforts to weed out terrorism and all of us stand by you. We appreciate the courage of 17-year old Shahrukh Khan for his presence of mind, salute the proudly defiant parents for deciding to send their children back to school and join the people of Pakistan in the protest against terrorism.

Any other announcements Wed, 17 Dec 2014 04:56:26 +0000
Africa Water, Sanitation & Hygiene is looking for a new home - by: mwaniki
The Africa Water, Sanitation & Hygiene is looking for a new home

.After producing the publication for 9 years and 50 issues plus down the road as a no profit operation, it has become increasingly difficult to continue doing so. Publishing is resource demanding and since the publication can’t sustain itself, we have thrown in the towel and this maybe the end of the road for the journal.

It has been a wonderful experience to strive and chip in efforts for Africa to meet the MDGs target for access to water and sanitation for all by 2015 during the Decade of Action – Water for Life and probably oversee the achievement for the continent’s Water Vision 2025 and other commitments by raising awareness on these issues.

We are now looking for an interested party to hand on the baton in order to take the publication to the next level but observe the publishing policy and guidelines and other objectives as set out in the ‘Profile of the Africa Water, Sanitation & Hygiene’ which is enclosed in the attachment.

Kindly write to the publisher in confidence at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Regards / Mwaniki

Note by moderator (EvM):
See here the editions of this magazine that came out in 2014:]]>
Any other announcements Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:14:07 +0000
Sun Gil Kim, new project officer, Sanitation Product Certification Joined the Gates Toilet team in Oct 2014 - by: WSHBMGF
We are thrilled to announced that Mr Sun Gil Kim joined our team as PO (project officer), Product Certification, starting Monday October 13th, 2014.

In this role, Sun will make investment to support products compliance with national and international standards and certificates; assist the development of final product specifications that are acceptable to the end users and reflect their needs and aspirations as well as protecting users, operators and the operating environment; develop test plans, gather and distill the data and disseminate to the wider team for review and feedback. I expect Sun to develop and lead the relationship with national and international standards and certification authorities to develop certificates of conformity for Foundation-funded technologies that qualify for global commercialization. He will be responsible for the coordination of certification and accreditation tasks with Foundation partners. The Job description is attached.

Sun graduated from the University of Washington in 1984 with a BS in mechanical engineering. After graduating from the UW, he worked 2 years for Schlumberger Wireline Services in the oil fields of the Middle East as a geophysical test engineer. Sun worked for Boeing Commercial Airplanes for more than 27 years on pressurized doors mechanisms and systems design, analysis, test, and certification. His areas of focus were safety, certification, reliability, function, ease of production, reduced weight, reduced costs, and value to the customer.

Sun recently left Boeing as a mechanism design Associate Technical Fellow and as an Authorized Representative of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration working with regulators from the U.S, European Aviation Safety Agency, United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority, Russian, Chinese, and other authorities.

Soon, we will start introducing Sun to our transformative technology grantees and partners as well as partners who have been working with us to develop testing plan, certificates and standards for innovative sanitation technologies. As we are onboarding Sun on the WSH team, please share with us your perspective on how best we should approach this important workstream on sanitation technology certification and development standards. This is an important area of work for all of us, and your continuous support and sharing of expertise will help shaping our vision.

Best regards!

The WSH Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation]]>
Any other announcements Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:24:46 +0000