Organisational Development in SuSanA - on the way to SuSanA 2.0

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Organisational Development in SuSanA - on the way to SuSanA 2.0

Dear friends of SuSanA,

The Sustainable Sanitation Alliance is at the start of a major period of change that will take it from SuSanA 1.0 to a new SuSanA 2.0 in the near future. And we are looking for engaged, creative persons full of motivation to compose the Change Management Task Force (CMTF), which will steer the organizational development of SuSanA.

The CMTF will consist of 7 individuals, representing the different constituencies of SuSanA in an optimal way. Hence, active SuSanA members or even people outside of the network could possibly be part of the CMTF. Here you can find the Terms of Reference for the Task Force.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the CMTF and/or you want to nominate someone, please submit the online form until 7th of May.

You will find more information on the composition of the CMTF and the change process phases on the SuSanA page Organisational Development 2019-2020 .

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The SuSanA secretariat will offer an open Q&A session on the nominations and the overall process, we will post more details on time and date here soon. Any urgent questions related to the organisational development of SuSanA can already be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Why are we doing this?

After 12 years of existence and a continuous growth in global member- and partnerships, it is now time to revisit SuSanA’s informal structures and to analyse where more formalization and a change in governance contributes to reaching its vision and objectives and to put respective steps into practice. Understanding the need for change has led to several activities and initiatives over the last years (one of them funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) 2016-2018 ). A number of surveys, strategy documents, and external consultant reports are available now and they can be used for a concrete design of a SuSanA 2.0.

The Core Group has decided in its meeting in Stockholm 2018 , that a Change Management Task Force (CMTF) should steer this change process. The CMTF will be coached by an Organisational Development expert, have support from consultants as well as from the SuSanA Secretariat and will be responsible for the change management process of SuSanA through a participatory and iterative process. The Core group further mandated a small group of Core Group representatives, referred to as Group of Five, to prepare the ground for this task force. The final decision on the composition of the CMTF will be taken by the Core Group based on the suggestions by this group until end of June 2019.



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Hi Franziska,

I noticed the term "SuSanA 2.0" in your thread title. I think it might be useful to explain to folks what we mean with SuSanA 2.0? The term was brought up by consultants a year or two ago but how would you explain it?

Would you say it's similar to Web 2.0 which Wikipedia describes like this:

Web 2.0 (also known as Participative (or Participatory)[1] and Social Web[2]) refers to websites that emphasize user-generated content, ease of use, participatory culture and interoperability (i.e., compatible with other products, systems, and devices) for end users.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_2.0

Or was it not really a purpuseful choice of term and is just meant to say "a new version of SuSanA"?

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Dear all,

as promised, the Secretariat will offer a Q&A live session for all those who have questions that are not answered by the information given on the website Organisational Development 2019-2020.

The Q&A session will be open on Friday, 3rd May from 1.30 pm to 2pm CEST (you will find a time conversion for your time zone on the bottom of this page ).

The access will be via Skype for business and you have two options to enter:
- In case you have Skype for business installed, click here to join
- Otherwise, please install the Skype Web App here

You are welcome to submit your questions beforehand to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Regarding Elisabeth's question below on why we call it SuSanA 2.0. By SuSanA 2.0, we mean "a new version of SuSanA", similar to Merriam-Webster dictionary definition: 2.0 is

used postpositively to describe a new and improved version or example of something or someone

The definition for Web 2.0

emphasize user-generated content, ease of use, participatory culture

values that are also very applicable for SuSanA 2.0. The OD process will be looking at these, alongside other vital aspects for the network like organizational, operational and governance.


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Dear all,

please find below the short introductory presentation about the Change Management Task Force (CMTF) held in the Q&A session:
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The discussion that followed concerned mostly the motivation for SuSanA for undertaking this reorganisation process and whether there was a special event that triggered this.

We discussed, that the decision for the organisational development did not come over night, but it developed over the past years already. Different stakeholders within SuSanA realised at different points that there are a number of missed opportunities and untapped potential within SuSanA. With the growth in members and partners, as well as new regional structures, it is now the right thing to revisit the informal structures, the governance and operational aspects of the founding days.

Nominations for the CMTF are still open until 7th of May here . If any of your questions are still not answered yet, you can reach us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Dear all,

As you are aware, the call for nominations is open until Tuesday, 07th. We are happy to have received about 40 nominations by now, most of them self-nominations. Nevertheless, we observe a very low rate of women nomination – only around 15% of the candidates are women.

We like to believe that all SuSanA partner organizations and members are deeply committed to gender equality in the sanitation sector. We like to believe that SuSanA partner organizations aim at gender balance within their teams. And above all, we like to believe that the SuSanA community is against gender-based discrimination and is fully convinced of the role women have to play in shaping sustainable and inclusive futures.

Therefore, we would like to encourage you to take about 30 min of your day today or tomorrow to motivate engaged female professionals in the sector to take part in the call for nominations. If that is asking too much, then we highly encourage you taking about 10 minutes of your time today to list all capable and qualified women in the sector that you know and nominate at least one of them via this link: https://bit.ly/2ZH2U0F

Thank you very much for your cooperation!

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Dear all,

The deadline for the applications for the Change Management Task Force closed last week. We are happy to have received in total 73 nominations - 47 self-nominations and 26 nominated by others. All of the nominees were asked to submit an application. We have received in total 38 applications from different SuSanA constituencies and all regions of the world.

After the call for more female nominations three weeks ago and active outreach to females in the sector and network we have reached a male:female ratio of 25:13 applications, which means we could bring up the share of females from 15% to 35%.

A group of mandated SuSanA Core Group representatives is currently reviewing all applications. Interviews with candidates will take place until the beginning of July 2019. The Core Group of SuSanA will then take the final decision on the composition of the CMTF in July.

We thank all the SuSanA friends who nominated themselves or trusted colleagues and those who submitted the application for taking the time and thereby supporting the SuSanA network. Based on the high quality of applications, we feel optimistic that we will be able to form an effective team to guide the network through the period of change.

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Dear all,

On behalf of the SuSanA Core Group representatives tasked with suggesting the composition of the Change Management Task Force (CMTF), we would like to inform you on the outcomes of the selection process for the composition of the CMTF.

After several rounds of assessment, the selection was done with the best interest of finding a well-balanced group of people representing the different partner and membership constituencies, geographic regions, age groups and gender in an optimal way - making the final decision not easy. However, we are convinced that the group below will be a strong and well-balanced group of eight highly motivated people, on one hand small enough to be manageable and on the other hand representing the different partner and membership constituencies, regions, age groups, etc. in an optimal way. Moreover, we are excited that the CMTF will take up their work in a first meeting at the end of August in Stockholm.

The members of the CMTF, which have been presented to and endorsed by the SuSanA Core Group in the beginning of August, are (in alphabetical order):

  • Celia Bedoya del Olmo, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Depinder Kapur, National Institute of Urban Affairs
  • Francis de los Reyes III, North Carolina State University
  • Lara Nassar, Regional Coordinator WANA Chapter, BORDA- WesCa
  • Leonie Hyde-Smith (former Kappauf), GFA Consulting Group GmbH
  • Madeleine Fogde, Stockholm Environment Institute
  • Maureen Amakabane, Usafi Sanitation Limited
  • Shobana Srinivasan, BORDA e.V

We also contacted all 30 applicants who were not selected to be a member of the CMTF and invited them to be involved in the OD process by being part of a sounding board for the CMTF. The format and consultation routines is yet to be determined by CMTF itself.

Again, we would like to thank everyone’s commitment to support SuSanA’s Change Management Process in the coming year!

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Franziska

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