SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:53:47 +0000 Kunena 1.6 SuSanA - Forum en-gb Re: How about improving the Wikipedia page on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan? - by: Carol McCreary
How about making Wikipedia the topic of a monthly webnair? Questions like these:
How does Wikipedia actually work?
What are the benefits of crowd-sourced information?
How good is the information?
What are the system's built in protections against poor quality info?
How do Wikipedia articles compare with peer-reviewed articles?
How can SuSanA partners enhance organizational learning and expand the knowledge base through Wikipedia?
How does editing work and how does one get started with editing?]]>
On the way to a “clean India”: 2 years of Swacch Bharat Mission (Gramin) - Thematic discussion (SuSanA Indian Chapter) Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:00:26 +0000
Re: Livestream: 22nd SuSanA meeting, 27 August 2016 - and SuSanA events at World Water Week in Stockholm - by: annetempel the livestream for the 22nd SuSanA meeting is now embedded on the SuSanA website and the countdown has started..The livestream will start on Saturday, 27 August at 9.30h (CEST) - Make sure to tune in!

..and use twitter to send us your comments #22susana

Best regards,

Annkathrin (on behalf of the SuSanA Secretariat)]]>
SuSanA meetings Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:23:35 +0000
Re: WASHwatch - A platform facilitating transparency in monitoring, availability of information and communication - by: AmyKeegan Apologies for the delayed response. Thank you for creating the page on WASHwatch and for your question. As you noted, many websites and platforms start and collapse within a few years because of a lack of funding (we actually have list to keep track of the dead websites.) One of WASHwatch’s prerequisites from its conception was to ensure that the platform would be sustainable in the long term. To ensure continued access to reliable, up to date data for the WASH sector for the foreseeable future. As of 2016, we can confirmed that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will continue to fund WASHwatch for another 3 years. On top of that, because of its low maintenance cost and its proven usefulness, we have already secured alternative sources of funding to maintain the website in case the current funding is not carried on after 2019. Therefore, we can promise that WASHwatch is here to stay!
Any other questions please feel free to ask.
Best, Amy]]>
Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:51:19 +0000
SFD exchange meeting in Stockholm - 26 August 2016 - link to livestream - by: CeciliaRodrigues
Thank you for your interest in the meeting. I am happy to let you know that we organized a livestream this year to enable the participation of many who will not be able to join us in Stockholm:

The meeting will start at 14:00(CEST). You can check the time in your location using for instance, websites like:

Live interaction will be possible via Twitter, using the hashtag #SFDExchange2016 and #WWWeek

I attached to this post the final meeting agenda and I am pasting here the schedule, so you can orient yourself:

Meeting schedule:

14:00 – 14:10 Opening Arne Panesar (GIZ)

Session 1: Planning and Policy
14:10 – 14:25 The linkages between SaniPath and SFD: How SaniPath can support actions after a finished SFD process; by Suraja Raj (Emory University)
14:25 – 14:40 Developing SFDs from Performance Assessment Data in India; by Dinesh Mehta (CEPT University)
14:40 – 14:55 Adaptation of the SFD concept on a national level to monitor safely sanitation and safe treatment of Wastewater; by Barbara Evans (on behalf of WHO)
14:55 – 15:10 Discussion on Session 1

Session 2: Resource Recovery
15:10 – 15:25 Resource Value Mapping: Estimating the Potential for Resource Recovery from Productive Sanitation in Urban Areas; by Kim Andersson (SEI)
15:25 – 15:40 Improving urban water services in Chiang Mai, Thailand using ECAM and SFDs; by Astrid Michels (GIZ – WaCCliM)
15:40 – 15:50 Discussion on Session 2

15:50 – 16:20 Coffee Break

Session 3: Technical Aspects

16:20 – 16:35 Faecal waste volume calculation: the experience of using the tool in two cities in Indonesia; by Ingeborg Krukkert
16:35 – 16:50 Drawing excreta flow diagrams and additional fluxes, combined with simulation - the Simba# technical tool; by Manfred Schuetze (IfaK e.V.)
16:50 – 17:05 The Beaumont SFD Generator: A demonstration of the tool; by Andrew Whithesell (Beaumont Design)
17:05 – 17:20 SFD data to graphic converter tool; by Barbara Evans (SFD PI)
17:20 – 17:35 Discussion on Session 3

17:35 – 18:00 Sum-up of the results and closing remarks
Arne Panesar (GIZ) and NN [tbc]

I hope to see you there!
Shit flow diagrams (SFDs) / Excreta flow diagrams Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:46:35 +0000
Re: On the way to a “clean India” – 2 years of Swacch Bharat Mission (Gramin) - by: Nripendra
The implementation of Rural Sanitation Sector in Assam (India) is involved with different issues and the different reasons behind such issues might be as follows:
(a) The Govt. Approach on Rural Sanitation Sector was focused to implement as one of it’s flagship Programmes, initially called as ‘Total Sanitation Campaign’. Later on, it was renamed as ‘Nrimal Bharat Abhiyan’. The implementation involved a low incentive amount for one Individual Household Toilet in poor households. The reason behind such low incentive amount was to involve community to contribute and it was assumed that involvement of community contribution would make the toilets more sustained with a sense of ownership. But people’s perspective was different, as such that Toilets need to be constructed with the value as same as that of the incentive amount only, with nominal self contribution (as prescribed) in kinds, if not in cash. So the Toilets were constructed with nominal amounts sanctioned amount against each Toilet, with merely no value addition into it. In the beginning of Total Sanitation Campaign Project, Toilets were constructed with Rs. 625.00 per Toilet and this amount was later on increased to Rs. 1500.00 per Toilet, Rs. 3000.00 per Toilet, Rs. 4000.00 per Toilet and Rs. 6000.00 per Toilet, at different points of time [The quoted rates refer to that for Hilly & Difficult regions]. However, such increase was unable to cater for the need due to price escalation and so the options of construction of such Toilet could not satisfy peoples expectation.
It was expected that as a result of the Behavioural Practice / Change out of Toilet Usage, people (users) will come forward to repair or replace the original temporary construction, in due course of time. But it could not happen eventually. Although some Awareness generation activities were initiated to motivate the Community towards ODF status, but that could not build up the expected level of Awareness. People’s perception, which was prevailed among the community, was as such that – ‘Govt. prescribes for Individual Household Toilet and hence Govt. should bear the cost of construction of Toilet’.
In this connection, the issue of ghost Toilets or Defunct Toilets is quite important and it needs serious thinking / monitoring. Now the Sanitation Sector is restructured as “Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM)” and hence the issue, which is even more important, is to take up urgently the course correction activities, to get the defunct Toilets repaired to put them in use again.
Very recently, the incentive amount for construction of IHHL has again be revised under SBM(G) to the tune of Rs. 12,000.00 per toilet, keeping in view of constructing an IHHL, which is permanent and complete in nature. So there is profound hope everywhere that the construction of IHHLs under SBM(G) will be taken up with an all out efforts from all Stakeholders and the approach is neither stapled with any Official as well as Technocratic crippling nor crumbled with any sort of syndrome of Politics.
(b) Another issue is the undesirable shifting of focus from ODF status to mere Cleanliness Drive and the ODF status linked with Environmental Cleanliness is not prioritised. The concern about the process of Cleanliness Drive ( SAFAI ABHIYAN ) in connection with Swachh Bharat Mission is that such SAFAI ABHIYANs are more publicity oriented. It should have started from own Homefront and also with a focus on the necessity of proper SYSTEM and it’s sustainability, instead of much hyped SAFAI Activities with Jharu (broom) in public places for the purpose of ‘PHOTO publicity’. Sometimes there are even the examples or the Call for a Mass Demonstration on taking up Activities for Cleanliness by personalities like Minister, leading personalities and their colleagues etc. and it might be a symbolic one to encourage the System, but can not perhaps be a part of the System and more importantly to involve the common PEOPLE. Such public show of SAFAI ABHIYAN with Jharu, would not yield any results, except the temporary relief just for few hours or one Day, until and unless, there is community involvement.
Simultaneously, the need of infrastructures for the System to work properly, is also a point of concern. What I mean to say --- suppose there is not even a Roadside Dustbin, then? And even if it is there and people are dumping their household solid waste in the Dustbin, then what next? Is there any effective system to collect the waste from the Dustbins for final disposal? Is there any well managed Disposal Site for the Solid waste?
So all such happenings in the name of implementing Swachh Bharat Mission, reflects merely the Desire of Public and the Political Agenda only. That's why, I would like to endorse a Call for an all out efforts to build PRACTICE and also the Politics of Professionalism to ensure Poilitical SKILL, alongwith the Political Agenda.
Even Sector EXPERTS emphasise for addressing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Issues through Safe Practices to facilitate improvement of quality of life.
(c) As per the field situation in Assam (India), Open Defecation is not that prevalent in Rural Areas. Rather, there is a large scale practice of using Toilet; but unfortunately they are mostly Insanitary Latrines [ called as ‘Kuchcha Latrine’ in Assam (India) ] and the condition of such ‘Kuchcha Latrine’ is as follows :
(i) Different forms are used as Pan, but without having any Water Seal in the form of Trap.
(ii) The excreta is transferred in most cases to an earthen pit ( either offset or onset type ). The offset pits are often covered with some locally available materials ( over which, sometimes an earth layer is also placed ). Once the pit gets filled up, a new pit is dug out for using as a pit and the filled pit is just abandoned.
(iii) In some cases, excreta is transferred to uncovered pit also.
(iv) In very few ( one or two ) places, excreta is left open eventually to be serviced by domestic animals.
Now the main challenge in our Rural Areas of Assam, is the conversion of such Insanitary Latrines into a Sanitary Latrines. So the focus should be not just to ensure use of Toilet, but to convince people to use SANITARY TOILET. Because, people remains complacent about their use of Toilet and the type of Toilet ( whether Sanitary or Insanitary ) is least bothered.
(d) There is total lack of Awareness / Education to understand the importance / likely benefits out of safe sanitation practices. So the approach for necessary awareness generation needs to be revitalised with renewed focus / thrust (with proper utilisation of IEC fund). Nowadays, people are using different household facilities like, TV, Refrigerator, Mobile Phones (even 2-3 Nos per household) etc. but for constructing / upgrading or repairing a Toilet, they are looking for Govt. incentive. ‘Sanitary Toilet’ is yet to be considered as a household PRIRITY, unlike in case of Water, Food, Home (beautiful?) etc.
(e) A detailed Performance Review is also a great need in present times to evaluate the constraints / drawbacks etc. Present system of M&E also needs revisit for strengthening.
(f) Moreover, the Issues related to Safe Water and Sanitation, simply do not have the same resonance during implementation and the situation becomes more worse prominently under Sanitation Sector. It is our failure that due to lack of WASH oriented focus and necessary convergence, the enabling environment is not ensured to find a better and committed workforce to work relentlessly for the Rural Sanitation Sector. Even, the necessary support is also missing from all fronts to endorse WASH as a priority. There are some stakeholders, who agree to accept the declaration "WASH for ALL". But when their turn comes to deliver, they just ignore "All for WASH".
There is even absence of serious efforts from implementation Stakeholders. This was even reflected with emphasis, in the Independence Day Address from our Prime Minister to the Nation on 15th Aug., 2014. Hon’ble Prime Minister emphasised for Swachhata (Cleanliness) and appealed to the implementation Stakeholders to discard ‘Mera Kya, Mujhe Kya (where is there my stake, what is for me)’ approach during implementation of ‘Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan’.
(g) Lastly and not the least, the political WILL and SUPPORT for establishing the desired mandate and enabling environment is also necessary with WASH based approach for sustained infrastructure and Usage and that too with renewed focus. However, the urgent need is for the Politics of Professionalism also, alongwith the Political WILL.
So let us pledge for “WASH for ALL::ALL for WASH”.
Thanking All.
Nripendra Kumar Sarma
Nagaon, Assam, India]]>
On the way to a “clean India”: 2 years of Swacch Bharat Mission (Gramin) - Thematic discussion (SuSanA Indian Chapter) Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:43:03 +0000
Re: Sigmund Freud, the missing link in Water and Sanitation? - Seminar at Stockholm World Water Week Aug 28, 2016 - by: Carol McCreary
Yeah! Agree with Shawn. So sorry to miss this!

Since the essential bodily function of defecation remains the last taboo in the USA, might we assume others are struggling with this? So important!

  • The Poop Project uses the arts to focus attention. Awesome success. Watch vids of Shawn in action.

  • In her TED talk Molly Winter spells out "The taboo secret to healthier plants and people." Join the nearly half million people who have watched it.

  • In PHLUSH's Public Toilet Advocacy Toolkit, the strategy tool "Engage the Community in the Conversation" starts with the long sad history of why it's so hard to talk toilets.

  • Yes, the word "sanitation" brings to mind a very diffuse, imprecise and unhelpful series of associations. That's why PHLUSH is about Public Hygiene.

    Yes, Freud’s oral-anal-phallic-genital stages when defined as a beauty-order-cleanliness model seem to work well.
    1. oral / beauty and water
    2. anal / order and sanitation
    3. genital / cleanliness and hygiene
    Conferences, seminars and workshops Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:27:56 +0000
    Re: SuSanA Capacity Development Working Group meeting at Stockholm WWW 2016, Tuesday 30 August from 14.00- 15.30h - by: Doreen
    Best regards,

    WG 1 (Capacity development) Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:03:58 +0000
    Re: WASH & Nutrition events at the Stockholm World Water Week 2016 - by: Jona
    I would like to share the updated agenda with you for the Working Group 12 Meeting in Stockholm (Tuesday, 30 August, 2pm - 5:30pm).

    Please bear in mind that the number of participants is unfortunately limited due to the room capacity.

    See you there!


    P.S.: Did you nominate your water hero?]]>
    Nutrition and WASH (including stunted growth) Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:20:32 +0000
    Re: SuSanA Capacity Development Working Group meeting at Stockholm WWW 2016, Tuesday 30 August from 14.00- 15.30h - by: dorothee.spuhler Great idea for twittering.
    What about
    - StockholmWWW_WG1meeting
    - StockholmWWW_CapDev
    - CapDev_SDG
    Any better suggestion? sorry I am not a twitter pro...
    What is the official SuSanA meeting hastag? We could build on this one...]]>
    WG 1 (Capacity development) Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:58:36 +0000
    Re: SuSanA Capacity Development Working Group meeting at Stockholm WWW 2016, Tuesday 30 August from 14.00- 15.30h - by: Doreen
    I look forward to attending the WG 1 meeting! One of the main topics I would like us to discuss is how best to continuously build the capacity of water sector professionals and private sector service providers (e.g.registered emptiers).

    I think we need a hashtag for this event so that we can tweet about it to those who will be unable to attend.

    Best regards,

    WG 1 (Capacity development) Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:45:17 +0000
    Re: SuSanA Capacity Development Working Group meeting at Stockholm WWW 2016, Tuesday 30 August from 14.00- 15.30h - by: dorothee.spuhler
    Find enclosed the agenda for the upcoming meeting. We are going to have two parts of the meeting: first some exciting presentation:
    • Role of youth in SDG 6-9
    • Business Development & Business Matchmaking Services
    • About the dimensions of capacity and change in time

    ...followed by an interactive workshop on "Capacity gaps and the SDG’s" and "Addressing Capacity Building Challenges"(organized by CAWST and seecon).

    The outcome of the discussion will directly be posted here in this thread!

    Stay tuned Dorothee]]>
    WG 1 (Capacity development) Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:01:51 +0000
    Re: India's Swacch Bharat Mission (SBM) needs a bagful of ideas for success ! - by: CFAR
    As part of this conversation thread around good practice documentation, would like to share a detailed case study on how CFAR in Jaipur, has ensured that the urban poor get their IHHL under SBM through persistent community engagement processes.

    Will be happy to get your responses on the same


    Shramana Majumder
    Theme 4: Good Practices Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:38:52 +0000
    Re: SFD exchange meeting in Stockholm - 26 August 2016 - by: Doreen
    Thank you for the information. I look forward to the SFD exchange meeting particularly on how the SFD concept can be integrated by urban water utilities.

    Best regards,

    Shit flow diagrams (SFDs) / Excreta flow diagrams Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:08:43 +0000
    Re: Invitation to the SuSanA WG7 meeting jointly with the Open House Session at ARUWE on 20 June - by: CWendland
    here are some results of the wg7 meeting in Uganda where we discussed about gender sensitive indicators for SDG6

    Please let me know if you are interested in working on gender sensitive indicators for the SDG6!

    Best regards
    WG 7 (Community, rural, schools, gender) Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:13:42 +0000
    Re: Sigmund Freud, the missing link in Water and Sanitation? - Seminar at Stockholm World Water Week Aug 28, 2016 - by: ThePuru
    I SO wish I could be a part of this session. I enjoyed reading the questions--very incisive. Will you share your slides and core content after Stockholm? I would be very curious to see. I look forward, at least, to seeing the selfies!

    Thanks so much.
    Conferences, seminars and workshops Wed, 24 Aug 2016 04:22:28 +0000