17th SuSanA Meeting on 31 August 2013 in Stockholm at the World Water Week -- with feedback

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Re: Minutes from WG1 meeting Sunday 01 September at WWW in Stockholm

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Thank yo so much Dorothy for the time you put into for writing notes of our meeting!I read it twice, it is a huge message and I gotta think a bit more.What I can say now is that SuSanA network is huge and need to make the most of it. Of course, the best for the network capacity building is continuous communication between the members that builds trust, community and makes the members feel that they are around real people (which is sometimes a bit hard with the Forum). I remember that I have also suggested to look for single members and attempt building dialogue with them for bringing the voices from within the network to the forum/website. Maybe in the format of short messages and interviews, so others can read about success and failures in terms of capacity building, but not like in case studies, written in academic language.

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Sayed Mohammad Nazim Uddin
ACF Mongolia/University of Sceince and Technology Beijing

Sunday, 01 September
1. Nature Based Solutions: Opportunities for Cooperation to meet water objective for WASH, Agriculture and conservation:

Recently various bio-diversity organizations are working in the WASH sector such as Conservation international, Ramsar Secretariat, CBD Secretariat. Some practical examples at field level have been shared during this session such as Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR), Wetland International’s approach, shifting conceptual to practice, working with farmer to save water resources etc.

Key Question- What is the motivation to work in WASH?
Response- Natural conservation based solutions can be one of the options to protect water sources and to recharged the groundwater to secure future water supply.

Monday, 02 September

2. Security the future: designing a post-2015 water goal

Several risk based studies have been presented during this session. In fact, a long term strategies were considered to mitigate environmental health risks related to water and sanitation and their services. The main aim of those projects was to develop a methodology to reduce vulnerability for populations from sanitation related hazards. The approaches include development and application of risk-based system analysis, identification of risk reduction strategies, capacity development of stakeholders in these processes.

Key Question: How to define risk, hazard and vulnerability in WASH sector?
Response: No response, I was advised to develop them.

3. Cooperation for post post-2015 water targets and their monitoring

Importance of water quality was discussed and a systematic monitoring system was addressed to develop at local level. Aims and visions were developed for the targets and monitoring indicators. Transboundary river basin management was highlighted.

Key Question/point- If a large community, such as homeless (estimated 100 million to 1 billion), is excluded from the targets and monitoring system how the MDG target can be met?
Response: Homeless will be considered to include in the plan and targets.

Tuesday, 03 September

4. Learning from WASH system failure: resilience and risk reduction

Different failure cases have been discussed in during this session on WASH system. It has been shown that various water-borne, air-borne droplet, and vector-borne diseases have increased after any natural disasters. Various software and hardware based solutions and interventions in WASH were given to prevent and control those diseases. The key message of this session is ‘Risk always depends on the local situations and prevalence of diseases/disease vectors in a specific setting.

Key Question/point: is there any vulnerability in WASH sector done?
Response: Not yet.

Wednesday, 04 September

5. Partnership for financing sanitation services in poor urban areas

It is evidenced that four times return can be possible after investing to the WASH sector. Localized economic evidence motivates decision makers to use it especially with role in its generation. Numerous sanitation service levels can be considered to improve the situation and to generate the economic value. A service delivery framework for sanitation has been shared which include creating demand, ensuring supply, creating an enabling environment, incentives and financial arrangement. The key point of this session is to assess a life cycle cost of sanitation service provision. Insurance companies can also be considered in partnership building for WASHservices. A tool for WASHCost calculator has been developing by IRC. Detailed research was recommended in this sector.

Key Question: Do you think micro-finance can be considered to scale up the sanitation technology and to improve the WASH situation locally?
Response- Yes it is possible but need to coordinate and to motivate them to deliver the services in WASH services. Market based sanitation can be developed.

6. Water and urban development from health perspective

Health issue is largely related to various WASH interventions around the world. Various neglected diseases (Hookworm, trachoma, elephantiasis, roundworm, whip worm, snail fever, and river blindness) were discussed. A proper urban drainage system was proposed to improve the health and environment situation.Other key points- Marginalized groups are not included in the MDG, who need to be included. Linkage of health and natural resources are essential.

Key Question/Point:Is single intervention is better than integrated interventions?
Response: Holistic interventions would be better than to think for the single intervention.

7. Scaling sanitation in slums

Sanitation service chain has been built from fecal generation up to reuse/safe disposal system which can be scaled up in different informal settlement or slums. One of the challenges for slum area is the lack of data on fecal sludge management to provide the proper services including sanitation. Development of tools and interventions are important for fecal sludge management including the slum areas. Cost recovery service fee can be applicable

Key Point- ‘Institutional Open Defecation’ due to the direct release of sludge to the environment and no service chain. Scale up is challenging but not impossible.

Thursday, 05 September

8. Promoting coherence and building bridge in urban sanitation

The exclusion of a part of the urban population of an organized sanitation service implies risks for the health and the hygienic situation of the whole city. Donors’ investments are still largely in large sanitation systems-which increased dramatically in last 2 years.Sanitation chain is needed for bridging the gap of financial recovery. Several important factors have been discussed during this session to apply integrated approaches in urban sanitation. Some limitations of non-sewer-based sanitation for urban areas were discussed. A small-bore-sewer was developed and piloted and delivered. Development banks can play an important role in this sector. Master plan at national level was suggested.

Key Point:‘develop integrated concept for collection, transportation, treatment and disposal/reuse’. The urban situation needs a secure final destination for all by-products of sanitation. In areas without sewer, a proper collection service is a challenge.

9. Country level coordination joint learning in sanitation

Diversified stakeholder coordination mechanism was proposed by global sanitation fund. Stimulating the local collaboration among the local stakeholders was recommended. Identifying and addressing the knowledge gap in WASH sector. WASH human capacity gap has been identified and discussed which is the gap of knowledge delivery between field level and expert level. It was suggested to enhance government led sanitation system where other NGOs and stakeholders can be involved for the btter services.

Key Point- Bottom up coordination and learning process is important to knowledge dissemination and improving the WASH. Aid should help reconstructing accountability through building national capacity.

Friday, 06 September

10. Closing plenary

Human right based approach needs to be catalyzed for improving the WASH globally. Cooperation towards security financing might be useful. Good governance is must to tackle the transboudary watershed management. A modeled communication is important to network various multidisciplinary experts/actors and multi-country policy makers. Holistic approach is needed among the diverse sector for optimal solutions to reduce negative impact by one sector on others.
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Next World Water Week Stockholm 2014: Water and Energy!!!
August 31-September 5

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Thanks to all who encouraged me during the WWW at Stockholm 2013


Sayed Mohammad Nazim Uddin, PhD
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Re: 17th SuSanA Meeting on 31 August 2013 in Stockholm

Dear All,

It was really a fantastic meeting for me as newcomer. Many resources and knowledgeable persons and experts were around me. I believe these will encourage me to become a global WASH-researcher to save the millions of lives who are suffering due to WASH-borne vulnerability, risk and hazards!!!

I thank you everybody for your inspiration!!

Best regards


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Post-Doctoral Fellow & Sessional Instructor
University of Victoria
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Re: Video message from Jack Sim for the 17th SuSanA Meeting on 31 August 2013 in Stockholm

Hi All

Just wanted to share Jack Sim's video message for the 17th SuSanA meeting.


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Re: 17th SuSanA Meeting on 31 August 2013 in Stockholm at the World Water Week -- with feedback

Dear all

In order to follow up on the working group capacity development meeting in Stockholm, I would like to invite you all to give a feedback on the following question:

What task or challenge in my current work would be easier or more efficiently fulfilled in collaboration with other of our group?
In order words, what can we do to help each other and join our efforts?

What we already found out is:
- Understand how to better monitor and evaluate capacity development activities (e.g. "what does capacity development for sustainable W&S mean? which aspects should it cover?" - "how can we monitor and evaluate capacity development activities?")
- Update (and complete!) the SuSanA Webpage Training Material section in order to give each other easy access to already existing materials (see here www.susana.org/lang-en/conference-and-tr...terials-of-trainings - but maybe add some search features, thumbnails etc.)

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Dorothee Spuhler
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Re: 17th SuSanA Meeting on 31 August 2013 in Stockholm at the World Water Week -- with feedback

The question Dorothee asked: What task or challenge in my current work would be easier or more efficiently fulfilled in collaboration with other of our group? In order words, what can we do to help each other and join our efforts?

I'm not a sanitation specialist but rather a facilitator, trainer, coach and adviser on #WASH4Dev work. In this context I'm particularly keen on learning and sharing and making information, knowledge and howto available to those that need it at the right moment (namely when they need it). This implies that to the extend possible all players in sanitation at all levels should be able within their context to have overview, access and know-how to use the information and knowledge at their disposal when they need it.

If you recognize yourself and your approach in the above, then this translates here in this Susana community into working towards mechanisms, platforms and related facilities that enable each one of us to have an overview, access and ability to use the information and knowledge each one of us has to offer.

And so this implies that the 'we' here should endeavour to make the above reality, either by pointing to and using existing facilities or start thinking about how we could contribute to make such a facility become available.

Feel free to contact me with your suggestions, questions and comments. Peter @ IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.

Peter J. Bury
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