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 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. 

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

Where can I find out more about the forum?

A detailed presentation is available here. Videos with guides 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?

  • The forum is completely open as opposed to some existing closed fora which require a login for reading other people's posts. Our forum only requires a login for writing posts.
  • All posts are searchable by search engines like Google and Yahoo. 
  • All registered users can contribute to the forum by creating new discussion topics or by responding to the posts of others. 
  • When people register to become a SuSanA member they are automatically also registered for the SuSanA Discussion Forum and vice versa. This means that all registered forum users are also SuSanA members.
  • Posts can also be made 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.
  • The rules for using the forum and our common understanding how this forum works are explained here.

 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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 Last updated: 29 April 2020