SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication Mon, 08 Feb 2016 23:08:37 +0000 Kunena 1.6 SuSanA - Forum en-gb Re: USAID and Water Information Survey - by: muench
I took the survey the other day. It was short and painless. However, I find it odd that they speak of "water portal", "water program" etc. and expect people to know that sanitation falls under water with USAID. Obviously, there are lots of connections, but some things are also different. E.g. things like soil-transmitted helminths, reuse of excreta in agriculture, open defecation behavior change, CLTS, faecal sludge management, pit latrines, other types of dry toilets, composting etc., are not really "water issues" but sanitation issues in their own right.

Has there ever been any talk at USAID to change the title of the portal to a "WASH portal" or a "water, sanitation, hygiene portal"?

By the way, this call for proposals by USAID looks terrible interesting:
The thread is called: "USAID solicitation – Sustainable WASH Systems - submit Expressions of Interest no later than February 10, 2016"


P.S. I had to chuckle at the term of "voluntary survey" in your post. Is there also such a thing as a compulsory survey? ]]>
Other announcements Fri, 05 Feb 2016 06:11:13 +0000
USAID and Water Information Survey - by: campbelldb
I received the note below from a member of the USAID Water Team. Please respond to the survey to contribute your ideas and suggestions to USAID for a Water/WASH web portal.

USAID is developing a new web portal that could potentially serve as a centralized resource for Agency staff, partners and the public on global water issues. The portal is being designed as a hub for news, technical content, program and country information and data on Agency-wide water sector activities.

The below brief and voluntary survey will help USAID determine what content and features would be of greatest use to the water and development community. The entire survey should take less than 5 minutes for you to complete.

For more information please contact the E3/Water Office – Communications and Knowledge Management team at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Link to the survey:]]>
Other announcements Thu, 04 Feb 2016 18:42:07 +0000
News from WSSCC: Amina Mohammad, former top Advisor on UN Sustainable Development Goals, to chair leading WASH organisation (WSSCC) - by: OUmelo Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) announced that Amina J. Mohammed, Environment Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, will serve as its new Chair, effective April 5, 2016.

The former Assistant-Secretary General and Special Advisor to the Secretary General on Post-2015 Development Planning, Ms. Mohammed will chair the Steering Committee and guide the work of WSSCC’s Geneva-based Secretariat, its operations in 20 countries in Africa and Asia, and its 5,000 members in 150 countries. Hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), WSSCC is the part of the United Nations devoted solely to the sanitation and hygiene needs of the most vulnerable people around the world. Ms. Mohammed replaces the interim-Chair, Andrew Cotton, Emeritus Director of the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC, Loughborough University), and previous Chair, Prof. Anna Tibaijuka, Member of Parliament, Tanzania, and former Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN-Habitat.

Read more here or feel free to share the attached press releases in English and French.]]>
Other announcements Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:53:51 +0000
End of Trémolet Consulting - by: F H Mughal End of Trémolet Consulting

I was sad to learn that Sophie Tremolet is closing down her Trémolet Consulting. Trémolet Consulting was in operation for 11 years, and they have carried out 150 assignments for a broad range of development partners.

Sophie Trémolet, who is also a fairly regular contributor on this forum, has now joined the World Bank as a Senior Economist in the Water Global Practice. She will be based in London and will work globally on issues ranging from urban sanitation to the definition of performance measures for institutional and financial sustainability in the water sector.

Other members of her team have moved elsewhere. Goufrane Mansour, a Muslim-sounding name, is now working for Aguaconsult, with a particular focus on water and sanitation financing. Marie-Alix Prat joined Cambridge Economic Policy Associates (CEPA) on a range of infrastructure economics issues, including in the water sector.

Trémolet Consulting was a source of great publications for me. While their website ( will be there for sometime, and will continue to host the publications, I would request Sophie to kindly keep on working for sanitation in poor developing countries. Sanitation is poor in most developing countries. In Pakistan, for example, 82 per cent of Pakistan’s population consumes polluted drinking water and, there are 41 million people who do not have access to a toilet in Pakistan and as a result they are defecating in the open.

I wish Sophie all the success in her new World Bank position. I’m sure, this forum’s moderators will also wish her well, as after all, she has great contribution in sanitation marketing and finance.

F H Mughal]]>
Other announcements Mon, 11 Jan 2016 10:06:02 +0000
Re: In Memorium - Jeroen Ensink - by: F H Mughal
As a tribute to him, will it be possible for the secretariat to make available the publications by Jeroan Ensink, on this forum?

F H Mughal]]>
Other announcements Wed, 06 Jan 2016 15:55:39 +0000
Re: In Memorium - Jeroen Ensink - by: arno]]>
Other announcements Wed, 06 Jan 2016 14:50:05 +0000
Re: In Memorium - Jeroen Ensink - by: dianamitlin Other announcements Tue, 05 Jan 2016 20:59:32 +0000 Re: In Memorium - Jeroen Ensink - by: jonpar Other announcements Mon, 04 Jan 2016 23:34:50 +0000 Re: In Memorium - Jeroen Ensink - by: ggalli I met Jeroen a couple of times during my studies when he came to Wageningen University to provide guest lectures on the use of wastewater in irrigation, the topic of his PhD research. He was a great lecturer and very approachable for students who wanted to know more or explore thesis opportunities.
Last year on my way to the Faecal Sludge Management conference I ran into him and his wife again. I can't even begin to imagine what she is going through right now.]]>
Other announcements Mon, 04 Jan 2016 12:45:58 +0000
In Memorium - Jeroen Ensink - by: arno

Professor Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: "We are deeply shocked and saddened by the death of Jeroen Ensink."

"Jeroen was passionately committed to a simple cause: improving access to water and sanitation in countries where children continue to die needlessly due to the lack of these basic services."

Dr Ensink joined the school almost a decade ago, and at the time of his death he was leading a large study in the Democratic Republic of Congo to understand how improvements in water supply could control and prevent cholera outbreaks.

Prof Piot added: "He was a natural educator and immensely popular with students in whom he invested much time and energy; he provided support and inspiration in equal measure and many of his students are now successful researchers and public health professionals in their own right.”

"Jeroen will be greatly missed by all the staff and students who had the opportunity to know and work with him, and the legacy of his work will continue in Asia and Africa.”

"Our deepest condolences go to his family and friends."

We at SuSanA remember well Jeroen’s involvement in the Forum especially in one of our webinars in 2013 speaking about his work “On-site sanitation based on bio-additives and pit design”.*

The SuSanA Forum sends its condolences to Jeroen’s family and colleagues.


* See here link to webinar in November 2013:

His presentation starts exactly here in the video:

See here link to description of the mentioned BMGF-funded research project which Jeroen was leading ("On-site sanitation based on bio-additives and pit design" (LSTH, UK and Tanzania, South Africa and Vietnam)):]]>
Other announcements Sun, 03 Jan 2016 14:09:18 +0000
News from the IWA Specialist Group on "Resources-oriented sanitation (ROS)" - by: Langergraber
Dear member of the IWA Specialist Group on Resource Oriented Sanitation (ROS SG),

With this email we'd like to provide you with some information on upcoming events (especially our next SG conference with the deadline for submission of abstracts coming closer) and this year's activities of the ROS SG!

Upcoming events

1) Next ROS SG conference * Deadline for abstracts 21 Dec 2015!
Our next and 5th SG conference will be again jointly organised with the Small Systems SG. The conference will take place from 14-16 September 2016 in Athens, Greece. Deadline for submitting abstracts is 21 December 2015!
For details see:

2) Conference "Innovations in Sustainable Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems (ISWTS)", 23-25 April, 2016, Pune, India The ROS SG supports the conference "Innovations in Sustainable Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems (ISWTS)" that is organised in April
2016 in India. The conference is jointly organised by four Indian-European research projects. Deadline for submitting abstracts is 15 February 2016.
More information:

Activities in 2015

1) Workshop "De-centralized and on-site systems for resource recovery - low and high tech options" at the 1st IWA Resource Recovery Conference "Bridging towards the chemical industry", 30 August * 2 September, Ghent, Belgium The workshop organised by our SG was scheduled on the afternoon of 1 September 2015 and was facilitated by Anne-Katrin Skambraks and Guenter Langergraber.
More information:

2) Workshop "Sanitation Safety Plans * From concept to practice" at the IWA Water and Development Congress, 19-21 October 2015, Jordan The workshop was held during the morning session on Wednesday 21 October 2015 and was organised by the ROS SG jointly with the Wetland Systems and the Health Related Water Microbiology SG.
The presentations from the workshop have been made available for download at the
IWA Water Wiki.
As an outcome of the workshop an outline proposal for an workshop on "Sanitation Safety Planning" for the IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition, 9-13 October 2016, Brisbane, OLD, Australia, was prepared under the lead of the ROS SG.

Wishing you all the best for 2016,
Guenter Langergraber
Chair of the ROS SG]]>
Other announcements Thu, 17 Dec 2015 09:10:06 +0000
Sandec (Switzerland) has a new name: Department of Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development - by: F H Mughal Sandec has a new name!

Sandec’s name has changed to the Department of Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development. The new name acknowledges a major area of its research, solid waste, and reflects contemporary development discourse

(From: Paul Donahue Editor/Communication Specialist at Eawag/Sandec)

F H Mughal]]>
Other announcements Thu, 17 Sep 2015 02:54:16 +0000
Invitation to complete short survey on US WASH Donor Effectiveness - by: Improvedavis
If this is you, click the link to start the survey.
Thank you for your participation!

If you know someone who would be a good candidate, please forward this on to her or him.

Thanks very much!]]>
Other announcements Sun, 16 Aug 2015 18:06:14 +0000