SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:13:00 +0000 Kunena 1.6 SuSanA - Forum en-gb World Bank: choose the best sanitation system like shopping in a supermarket - by: joeturner

The final graph showing cost-benefits in Indonesia suggests (perhaps only for that one place and time) that wet pit latrines are most cost effective. I wonder what they've included in the calculation.

And anyway, surely this should be a risk based process rather than just a cost-benefit?

Thanks to Cor Dietvorst for the link.]]>
Financing, costs, economics, subsidies, tariffs Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:06:43 +0000
Partners wanted for Ghana - by: solidrock4
We will be happy in partnering any international organisation working in sanitation for the poor.


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General announcements from or about SuSanA Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:22:59 +0000
Compendium of accessible WASH technologies - by: Doreen
Thought I would share this with you.

WaterAid and WEDC developed an images-based compendium (photos, drawings and diagrams) for use at community level in rural sub-Saharan Africa.
The compendium provides information for households on how to make their latrines and other WASH facilities more accessible and user-friendly.

Free to download from:

This publication and all images in it are also free to download:

Best regards,

Inclusion and disability Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:30:58 +0000
Re: Up-scaling Basic Sanitation for the Urban Poor in Kenya (UBSUP) (WSTF and GIZ, Kenya) - by: Doreen
I just wanted to give you an update on the current activities of the UBSUP programme in Kenya. A reminder: UBSUP stands for Up-scaling basic sanitation for the urban poor.

The UBSUP programme has developed, tested and piloted a concept for scaling up improved household/plot-level sanitation in low income urban areas of Kenya. The programme covers the full sanitation value chain and is embedded in the Water Services Trust Fund (WSTF). Financing is done through WSTF which is the pro-poor basket fund of the water sector and is implemented by regulated water service providers (water utilities). The programme is supported by the German Development Cooperation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). GIZ provides technical support through the Water Sector Reform Programme while KfW offers financial assistance.

UBSUP has now successfully completed the concept development phase, the testing phase and the pilot phase. We have constructed over 2000 toilets in 3 towns called Embu, Oloolaiser and Nakuru. Different sanitation technologies have been adopted by the different clients in the respective low income areas. 3 decentralised treatment facilities are currently under construction within those three towns that will cater for the existing and newly constructed sanitation facilities.

The 1st call for proposals to the Water Services Trust Fund was initiated in July/August 2014 and has so far attracted applications from 40 regulated water service providers ( water utilities). Last year (November and December 2014), the UBSUP team carried out field appraisals, visiting the different water service providers that had applied to verify and ensure that the information provided in their application forms met the needs of those living in the respective low income areas within their jurisdiction.
20 water service providers have been selected for award. When awarded, the 20 water service providers will proceed to implement in the first UBSUP call. 10 that performed well will be considered for funding in the second batch of the first UBSUP call. Our current tasks include preparing the water service providers for implementation of the 1st call.

Lessons learnt that I can share with you:

1. Water Service Providers are willing to engage in household on site sanitation if a proper concept is put in place
2. To achieve progress in onsite sanitation, one has to go beyond awareness creation and build low cost sustainable sanitation infrastructure
3. Timely payment of subsidies by the water service providers is crucial for demand creation.
4. Enforcement of the Public Health Act by County Health Officers is necessary
5. You can upscale without perfect policies and master plans in place
6. For up-scaling, low cost decentralised solutions are key (reaching more people at less per capita cost)
7. It is possible to address the entire sanitation value chain in low income urban areas
8. The permanent presence of social marketers and community health workers is crucial
9. The county governments in Kenya play a key role in ensuring project acceptability

I look forward to your feedback.

Best regards,

Enabling environment Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:15:31 +0000
Re: Template of a Faecal Sludge Management Policy - by: F H Mughal

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Faecal sludge management Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:09:28 +0000
Re: Gates foundation mandates open-access (CC-by) for all its funded research! - by: christoph Let me try to understand a bit better.
a) Articles - free access to the articles - that is a great step.

Data Underlying Published Research Results Will Be Accessible and Open Immediately. The foundation will require that data underlying the published research results be immediately accessible and open. This too is subject to the transition period and a 12-month embargo may be applied.

How does that work? I would find it most interesting, as it helps understand some finding or if you are wondering about data you can understand where the conclusion come from. But up to what extent? For instance: I did a research where my conclusions and publications where based on data which were gathered on a weakly basis - these data I used to come to conclusions. So I have to prepare the tables and organize it in a way somebody else can find the data? That can be a lot of additional work and how does that work for the underlying daily data which are united to a weakly number?
I think there is a lot to learn about how to organize this access. Or is it just the complete study and not all detailed data which has to be made access to.

I can remember immediately a whole set of studies I read in SUSANA, I really would have appreciated if I had acces to the underlying data.

On the other hand that means as well that - when I am developing a new technology - I would like to make my living with - I should not ask for a Grant by the Gates Foundation. Maybe there should be a way that I can change my grant into a loan when I feel that there is something I am not willing to share? To get more time to position myself on the market - for a small enterprise that is crucial sometimes. I donĀ“t have anything against somebody making money on a good idea and often you need seed money to get forward (a lot of these toilet ideas maybe?)


Grants schemes and webinars of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:41:36 +0000
Re: Counting Shit - whats going into a latrine? - by: nicolag
Sorry to hear the website link isn't working. It seems to for me:

If it doesn't perhaps you could try the home page: and pursue the latrine logger from the 'Projects' tab on the left.

May I ask the use you see for the device in your work? Its still at the prototype stage (as you saw) so modifications are possible depending on how people envisage its use.

Faecal sludge management Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:57:11 +0000
Re: justice and toilets - by: joeturner
So it seems at least possible that this is about contracts awarded to large infrastructure managers rather than local entrepreneurs in the water sector.

I was able to interview someone from a large (western) water company. I was quite skeptical, but his argument was that multinationals have the experience and technological knowledge needed to effectively build and run infrastructure. And if they have invested in the infrastructure, they have an interest in keeping it running well.

I have to say that he was quite convincing.]]>
Public awareness raising Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:53:58 +0000
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Global political processes Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:31:28 +0000
Eawag is offering a 2-Year Postdoctoral Fellowship - by: donahupa]]> Jobs, consultancies, internships Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:24:56 +0000 New factsheet on Integrity Management for Small and Medium Enterprises - by: dorothee.spuhler
Check it our here:

Cheers, Dorothee]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:24:45 +0000
Re: Template of a Faecal Sludge Management Policy - by: dorothee.spuhler
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Faecal sludge management Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:21:13 +0000
Re: Counting Shit - whats going into a latrine? - by: Moritz
The Latrine Logger was presented to me during FSM3. Unfortunately, the webpage doesn`t work. I would like to spread the word that a technology like this is out there.

Faecal sludge management Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:52:56 +0000
Re: Template of a Faecal Sludge Management Policy - by: F H Mughal
Faecal Sludge Management - Systems Approach for Implementation and Operation
Editors: Linda Strande, Mariska Ronteltap and Damir Brdjanovic
Published by IWA Publishing
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London SW1H 0QS, UK
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Thank you,

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Faecal sludge management Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:54:09 +0000