SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://forum.susana.org/ Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:39:25 +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 MHM resources - by: Mintje http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/281-thematic-discussion-12-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm-in-schools--a-neglected-issue/21005-preparatory-readings-for-our-thematic-discussion-on-qmhm-in-schools-a-neglected-issueq#21027 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/281-thematic-discussion-12-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm-in-schools--a-neglected-issue/21005-preparatory-readings-for-our-thematic-discussion-on-qmhm-in-schools-a-neglected-issueq#21027
I also included some of the documents you mentioned in the preparatory readings below.

Looking forward to hear your thoughts on Dr. Marni Sommer's opening post on "Exploring how to address on-going taboos and silence around MHM for girls in School", which is now online under Theme 1: Breaking the taboo around MHM.]]>
Thematic Discussion 12 “Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Schools – A neglected issue” Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:55:00 +0000
Re: Starting Soon: TDS 12 "Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Schools - A neglected issue" - by: Mintje http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/281-thematic-discussion-12-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm-in-schools--a-neglected-issue/20954-starting-soon-tds-12-qmenstrual-hygiene-management-mhm-in-schools-a-neglected-issueq#21026 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/281-thematic-discussion-12-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm-in-schools--a-neglected-issue/20954-starting-soon-tds-12-qmenstrual-hygiene-management-mhm-in-schools-a-neglected-issueq#21026
thank you for the expressed interest in our discussion.

Dr. Marni Sommer has now started our discussion on Theme 1: Breaking the taboo around MHM.

Please follow this link to join the Topic!

I'm looking forward to read your replies!]]>
Thematic Discussion 12 “Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Schools – A neglected issue” Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:44:57 +0000
Re: WASHwatch - A platform facilitating transparency in monitoring, availability of information and communication - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/183-monitoring-and-evaluation-mae/18456-washwatch-a-platform-facilitating-transparency-in-monitoring-availability-of-information-and-communication#21025 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/183-monitoring-and-evaluation-mae/18456-washwatch-a-platform-facilitating-transparency-in-monitoring-availability-of-information-and-communication#21025 Thanks for replying so quickly! I totally agree with you, stay with the British convention of dot and comma (i.e. using the comma for thousand separator). I just pointed out that people from other countries might get confused (like I did). So if you can come up with a smart way of making it double clear, that would be great.
The 36.450 x 1000 can be confusing as we found out. Let us know what you come up with, I look forward to it.
(good example how Wikipedia helps to spread information; I had never really looked at the WASHWatch page for the U.S. until I saw the data inserted into the Wikipedia article...)

By the way, today I saw on twitter a map by WASHFunders:
twitter.com/WASHfunders/status/845733311532220416

Check out our new funding map and see who's funding what, where in the #WASH sector: washfunders.org/funding-map/


Is that complimentary or the sams as what people could find on WASHWatch?

Regards,
Elisabeth

P.S.

Regarding the figures for the U.S.:
So I had interpreted it wrongly, it's only 36000 not 36 million in the U.S. with unimproved sanitation.
It's actually strange in itself could you comment here in the other thread about it if you happen to know anything more about it?:
forum.susana.org/component/kunena/181-hu...and-sanitation#21009

It seems strange to me now that the figure in Germany in absolute terms is 10 times higher than in the U.S. I guess it's hard to define this exactly for developed countries.
But that other article spoke of 500,000 households (not people but households!) in the U.S. without access to improved water and sanitation.]]>
Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:28:28 +0000
New from WASHwatch: Donor Profiles - by: AmyKeegan http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/78-other-announcements/21024-new-from-washwatch-donor-profiles#21024 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/78-other-announcements/21024-new-from-washwatch-donor-profiles#21024
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?
1.Statistics
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

WASHwatch is a collaborative platform and as such we encourage contributors. Please share with us any suitable data, analysis or comments to be added to the website via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Best wishes,
Amy]]>
Other announcements Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:26:04 +0000
Re: ~500,000 households in the U.S.A. lack adequate water and sanitation - by: AmyKeegan http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/181-human-right-to-water-and-sanitation/19158-500000-households-in-the-usa-lack-adequate-water-and-sanitation#21023 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/181-human-right-to-water-and-sanitation/19158-500000-households-in-the-usa-lack-adequate-water-and-sanitation#21023
Just to clear up some questions from WASHwatch - there has been a bit of confusion as to how we portray our access figures due to differences in . & ,
The actual access figures from the Joint Monitoring Programme by WHO & UNICEF are
US Lack access to improved water: 2 686 000
US Lack access to improved sanitation: 36 110
Germany Lack access to improved water: 0
Germany Lack access to improved sanitation: 644 000

In response to this feedback we will be changing the way we portray the figures to clarify this. (We're also going back through the wikipedia pages now and making sure they are reflecting the correct figiures)

Hopefully this makes sense on the access figures.

Amy]]>
Human right to water and sanitation Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:19:24 +0000
Exploring how to address on-going taboos and silence around MHM for girls in school - by: marnisommer http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/282-theme-1-breaking-the-taboo-around-mhm/21022-exploring-how-to-address-on-going-taboos-and-silence-around-mhm-for-girls-in-school#21022 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/282-theme-1-breaking-the-taboo-around-mhm/21022-exploring-how-to-address-on-going-taboos-and-silence-around-mhm-for-girls-in-school#21022 What are some approaches that have been used successfully or not successfully in different countries to explore the issue of menstruation for girls in school?

Identifying existing taboos and beliefs around menstruation within the larger society can be helpful. This may serve to guide the explorations that are done with girls themselves, and provide insights into why they may be more or less comfortable talking openly about menstruation, their knowledge about managing their monthly blood flow, and its impact on their school experiences. Who are the various people in a given country who might be able to provide such insights, and what are the best ways to approach them?

Older adolescent girls, those who are past the age of 15 and are more likely to have started menstruating already, may be less shy to talk about the changes that have been happening in their bodies, and may have good suggestions on how to assist younger girls who may be experiencing their first menstruation and navigating their school-going. What age groups and genders have organizations approached to identify solutions around MHM in schools?

Participatory methodologies can be an effective way to explore the topic of menstruation and its intersection with school environments in an empowering and safe way for girls. Knowing they are free to write or draw without their names being attached can help to increase an adolescent girls’ level of comfort with sharing such a personal experience. What are the research, program assessment or evaluation methods that have been used to explore this sensitive topi, and best understand girls’ experiences and assess if a given MHM intervention is meeting girls’ needs?

There are cultural beliefs and taboos around menstruation in almost every society in the world. Being respectful of the existence of such beliefs and taboos in each new context is essential for devising solutions together with girls to help overcome the silence they may experience around the topic, and the barriers that hinder interventions being implemented in their schools and communities. Engaging key stakeholders influencing girls’ school-going and their everyday lives is important so that collective solutions can be devised. How have organizations explored the cultural beliefs in girls’ families and communities that may impact their ability to manage menstruation with comfort and dignity?]]>
Theme 1: Breaking the taboo around MHM Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:16:14 +0000
Re: WASHwatch - A platform facilitating transparency in monitoring, availability of information and communication - by: AmyKeegan http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/183-monitoring-and-evaluation-mae/18456-washwatch-a-platform-facilitating-transparency-in-monitoring-availability-of-information-and-communication#21019 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/183-monitoring-and-evaluation-mae/18456-washwatch-a-platform-facilitating-transparency-in-monitoring-availability-of-information-and-communication#21019
Thanks you for highlighting this confusion. The total figures for those without sanitation access in the US are 36,110. On WASHwatch we show this as 36.110 x1000 with using . as the decimal separator

This figure comes from the Joint Monitoring Programme WHO & UNICEF.

I would be hesitant to change the . for a , as they have the opposite meanings in other contexts.
I will however, change the way we portray all of our access figures to avoid these issues. This will be done by the beginning of next week.

Thanks,
Amy]]>
Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:51:18 +0000
Field Data Collection Intern; 4S project, CDD; Bangalore India - by: Marius http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/20-jobs-consultancies-internships/21018-field-data-collection-intern-4s-project-cdd-bangalore-india#21018 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/20-jobs-consultancies-internships/21018-field-data-collection-intern-4s-project-cdd-bangalore-india#21018 Duty station: Bangalore, India
Duration: 4 to 6 months
Start date: As soon as possible
Project: Small-Scale Sanitation Scaling-Up (4S)

We are looking for an intern to join our data collection field team in Bangalore for 4 months with possibility of extension of a few months.

Please find attached job description letter and project factsheet.

Interested?
Please contact Rohit Chandragiri at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and Marius Klinger at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ]]>
Jobs, consultancies, internships Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:06:11 +0000
Re: How can we Involve Citizens in Policy Making for Urban Sanitation? What is the importance of participatory and transparent wastewater governance? - by: F H Mughal http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/242-advocacy-and-civil-society-engagement/20998-how-can-we-involve-citizens-in-policy-making-for-urban-sanitation-what-is-the-importance-of-participatory-and-transparent-wastewater-governance#21017 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/242-advocacy-and-civil-society-engagement/20998-how-can-we-involve-citizens-in-policy-making-for-urban-sanitation-what-is-the-importance-of-participatory-and-transparent-wastewater-governance#21017
Thanks for the nice input. Jean-Marie's blog is also interesting. It gives link to the report:

Developing a national policy and strategies for sanitation Guidelines for action - Technical Handbook

Can you link some real-world case studies, where citizens' participation have achieved encouraging results?

Regards,

F H Mughal]]>
Advocacy and civil society engagement Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:05:50 +0000
Re: Starting Soon: TDS 12 "Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Schools - A neglected issue" - by: rajesh29 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/281-thematic-discussion-12-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm-in-schools--a-neglected-issue/20954-starting-soon-tds-12-qmenstrual-hygiene-management-mhm-in-schools-a-neglected-issueq#21016 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/281-thematic-discussion-12-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm-in-schools--a-neglected-issue/20954-starting-soon-tds-12-qmenstrual-hygiene-management-mhm-in-schools-a-neglected-issueq#21016 Thematic Discussion 12 “Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Schools – A neglected issue” Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:05:42 +0000 Re: How can we Involve Citizens in Policy Making for Urban Sanitation? What is the importance of participatory and transparent wastewater governance? - by: Marijn Zandee http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/242-advocacy-and-civil-society-engagement/20998-how-can-we-involve-citizens-in-policy-making-for-urban-sanitation-what-is-the-importance-of-participatory-and-transparent-wastewater-governance#21015 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/242-advocacy-and-civil-society-engagement/20998-how-can-we-involve-citizens-in-policy-making-for-urban-sanitation-what-is-the-importance-of-participatory-and-transparent-wastewater-governance#21015
I understand the idea is that NGOs can be involved to facilitate this process, but that the participation should really be from actual individual community members. Part of the idea is that this creates support in communities. Further, the involved citizens should be given a role in the implementation monitoring to provide accountability.

As the WIN blog points out,this is not easy to achieve. It is not hard to imagine the incentives on the side of the government to try and minimize the opportunity for monitoring and to dilute accountability on the implementation of high value sanitation infra structure contracts.

Further, though often encouraged by donors, the relatively short project funding cycles most donors have (1-3 years), do not help in this respect. Setting up a genuine consultative process will easily take the same amount or more time for a large project. Reluctance of "experts" in (I)NGOs and government agencies to have "amateurs" critically examine their plans is also common.

Since I do support the idea that citizen participation is important,I think one interesting model for citizen panels of this type is to ask for volunteers and then select them through a lottery system.

Regards

Marijn]]>
Advocacy and civil society engagement Mon, 27 Mar 2017 03:39:36 +0000
Re: Commercially Viable Business Development Centers - by: ossai http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/161-sanitation-as-a-business-and-business-models/20986-commercially-viable-business-development-centers#21014 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/161-sanitation-as-a-business-and-business-models/20986-commercially-viable-business-development-centers#21014 Will like to hear from you at your earliest convenience.]]> Sanitation as a business and business models Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:16:56 +0000 Re: Commercially Viable Business Development Centers - by: kengelly http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/161-sanitation-as-a-business-and-business-models/20986-commercially-viable-business-development-centers#21013 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/161-sanitation-as-a-business-and-business-models/20986-commercially-viable-business-development-centers#21013
Thank you so much for the response. Our objective is to sell products such as latrine pans, covers, liners as well as to provide training (slab-making, installation, business management etc.) to local enterprises. With the microfinance institutions, were you able to integrate this type of work?

Regards,
Genevieve]]>
Sanitation as a business and business models Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:01:52 +0000
Re: How can we Involve Citizens in Policy Making for Urban Sanitation? What is the importance of participatory and transparent wastewater governance? - by: F H Mughal http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/242-advocacy-and-civil-society-engagement/20998-how-can-we-involve-citizens-in-policy-making-for-urban-sanitation-what-is-the-importance-of-participatory-and-transparent-wastewater-governance#21012 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/242-advocacy-and-civil-society-engagement/20998-how-can-we-involve-citizens-in-policy-making-for-urban-sanitation-what-is-the-importance-of-participatory-and-transparent-wastewater-governance#21012
F H Mughal]]>
Advocacy and civil society engagement Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:12:50 +0000
Re: WASHwatch - A platform facilitating transparency in monitoring, availability of information and communication - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/183-monitoring-and-evaluation-mae/18456-washwatch-a-platform-facilitating-transparency-in-monitoring-availability-of-information-and-communication#21011 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/183-monitoring-and-evaluation-mae/18456-washwatch-a-platform-facilitating-transparency-in-monitoring-availability-of-information-and-communication#21011
(I am putting this here, rather than in an e-mail to you because I want to help raise awareness about this very useful website that you have developed and to encourage more people to go and take a look and check it out).

I have recently taken a closer look at your WASHWatch website when I was verifying data inserted into the Wikipedia article on "Drinking water supply and sanitation in the United States" (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drinking_water_sup...United_States#Access)

I noticed that on your website you report numbers like this:

Total number of People Lacking Access to "Improved" Sanitation (x 1,000) - 2015: 36.110
% of Population with Access to "Improved" Sanitation - 2015: 99.989


Do I interprete this right that the number of people without access improved sanitation is:
36,110,000 (i.e. 36 million)?
I wonder if your use of the dot could be confusing for people (especially given that some countries, like Germany, use the dot and the comma the other way around. E.g. in Germany we would say 99,5% where you say 99.5%. And we say 100.000 where you say 100,000). In one place it is the 1000 separator and in the other place it is the decimal dot.

I am not sure how to represent it in a different way but it is a little bit confusing like this, don't you think?
Perhaps it helps to put the figure expressed in millions (rounded) next to the other figure, just to make sure people don't get confused with the conversion, and report it possibly like this: 36.110,000.

Regards,
Elisabeth

P.S. I also just made a post mentioning WASHWatch here on the Forum regarding the situation in the U.S. and Germany: forum.susana.org/component/kunena/181-hu...and-sanitation#21009
If you have any insights on that please post in that thread, thanks (i.e. why the numbers can be so high in such wealthy countries - my guess was that it is related to the homeless population).]]>
Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:00:06 +0000