Why was this discussion forum started?

The idea for this open discussion forum on sanitation came from our experience that when you want to buy a new printer or have a question about your child’s development: where do you get advice from? You put your question into a search engine and you end up reading other people’s postings on a discussion forum. Usually, those questions and answers are very helpful. The same can hold true for a discussion forum on sanitation issues. This is why the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) secretariat launched this discussion forum on 8 July 2011.

The discussion forum makes knowledge, ideas, and debates around sustainable sanitation accessible to everyone within the network and beyond. Its objectives are to accelerate learning within the sanitation sector, to facilitate sharing of knowledge, to help people to network within the SuSanA community, and to ensure people outside of the sector can find SuSanA and good sanitation content via internet. 

Which rules do I have to follow when posting on the forum?

The rules for using the forum and our common understanding of how this forum works are explained here.

Where can I find out more about the forum?

A detailed presentation is available here. Videos with guided tours are available here. For further frequently asked questions on the SuSanA discussion forum please refer to the help section in the forum. For further questions please contact the SuSanA secretariat at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What are the main characteristics of this forum?

  • You do not need a login for reading existing posts. 
  • The content of all posts is searchable by internet search engines. 
  • You need a SuSanA login for writing forum posts and for utilising further functionalities of the forum, like viewing attachments or user profiles. 
  • When people register to become a SuSanA member they are automatically also registered for the SuSanA discussion forum. This means that all registered forum users are also SuSanA members.
  • Posts can be made with your SuSanA login or by e-mail: registered users can post on the discussion forum by sending an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The moderators check this e-mail post and move it into the right category on the forum.

What are my options to subscribe to e-mail alert services?

  • The options for setting up various e-mail alert services for SuSanA members are explained here
  • If you prefer using your favourite RSS-feedreader you can also directly subscribe to the RSS-icon RSS feed
  • If you do not want to have a SuSanA login you can subscribe to a notification service by "Feedburner". Please enter your e-mail address below and you will be notified by e-mail of new posts from the last 24 hours. 

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Use of posts and licence

Each individual member retains the copyright in his/her own posts. A member can edit and erase messages that he/she has contributed. All content on the SuSanA Discussion Forum is also regulated by a Creative Commons Attribution licence CC-BY SA, the key elements of which are that anyone is free to copy, adapt, distribute and transmit the message for non-commercial use, as long as the derivative is shared under the same license and the source is fully attributed.

Who is financing the administration and moderation of this discussion forum?


The forum moderators and SuSanA secretariat attempt to check that all content adheres to the forum rules and that all attachments of forum posts are safe to view or download (e.g. do not contain viruses). Nevertheless, we are not responsible for the content of posts or the quality or nature of attachments that have been posted by SuSanA members. 
If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail the secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Last updated: 29 April 2020