The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has provided co-funding for the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) Discussion Forum for the past 1.5 years via a grant to Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). The Forum has catalyzed knowledge exchange amongst experts and engaged citizens within the sanitation, water and hygiene sector.
On the 3rd anniversary of the SuSanA Discussion Forum, SEI is pleased to announce that the Gates Foundation has provided a follow-up grant for “Extension of the SuSanA Discussion Forum”, supporting online knowledge management, dissemination and peer discussions of the Gates Foundation’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene projects. The size of the grant is 250,000 US$ and it will span a period of 18 months.
Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) has announced that five videos clips from the recent SEI-SuSanA Webinar 7 on 29 April 2014 are now online. The theme – in their series of SEI-SuSanA webinars to examine the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sanitation projects – was “Adding missing links in sanitation value chains“.
Part 1 -Introduction by Arno Rosemarin and Nelson Ekane
Part 2 – Is a power auger “Excrevator” a suitable tool to empty pit latrines in South Africa and septic tanks in India? (includes presentation and questions) by Francis de los Reyes from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Videos of exhibits at Reinvent the Toilet Fair India (21-22 March 2014) provided by SEI & SuSanA now available
Stockholm Environment Institute has announced that videos with grantees about their exhibits that were taken at the Reinvent the Toilet Fair in Delhi, India are now available online.
You find them all in this one convenient location, which is a Playlist in the SuSanA Youtube channel.
The videos include short 5-minute interviews with randomly selected grantees as well as “demo tours” of their innovative toilets/processing exhibits which were on display at the fair.
The first video in this Playlist is a thank you note from Melinda Gates who is thanking all the participants at the fair and is stressing that this kind of work is being valued in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation at the highest level of leadership.
The second video in the Playlist gives just a visual overview of the exhibits (without sound).
12 March -16h00 : SuSanA–WASHtech webinar on Technology Applicability Framework (TAF)
SuSanA secretariat and WASHtech invites you to participate in a webinar that will present and discuss the Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) developed during the WASHtech project: www.washtechnologies.net
When: 16h00 CET on 12th March 2014 (Time converter: www.worldtimebuddy.com/)
||Webinar room open
||Welcome by Trevor Surridge (SuSanA secretariat)
||Introduction to TAF by André Olschewski (Skat Foundation)
||Questions on André’s presentation
||Experiences using TAF in Ghana by Benedict Tuffuor (TREND)
||Questions on Benedict’s presentation
||WaterAid’s experience adapting and applying the TAF to a pour-flush toilet option in the Nicaraguan Caribbean by Joshua Briemberg (WaterAid)
||Questions on Joshua presentation leading into an open Q&A session
||Closing and wrap-up from Trevor
||End of Webinar
Webinar Chair: Trevor Surridge (SuSanA secretariat)
Moderation Support: Sean Furey (Skat Foundation)
To participate you need to register:
To register send an email to email@example.com and clearly state “TAF webinar” in the subject and you will be sent an invitation link to the Webinar.
For the technical requirements for WebEx:
If you have any questions about the webinar post them in reply to this post or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebration of the past and present, while strategising for the future of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) on 31 August
Be part of one of the most vibrant Alliances in the sanitation sector and participate in the 17th SuSanA meeting being held in Stockholm on the Saturday before the World Water Week 2013.
The 17th SuSanA meeting is open to all who believe in sustainable sanitation solutions and the systems approach to sanitation. This year’s SuSanA meeting in Stockholm will be a celebration of achievements of SuSanA and its members and partner organisations, in particular of this year’s Stockholm Water Prize Laureate, Dr Peter Morgan, who will be attending the meeting for a few hours.
Another achievement to be celebrated is the recognition by the UN of the World Toilet day, started by the WTO in 2001, which is one of the founding organisations of SuSanA. With respect to the future, we will be having stimulating yet maybe controversial discussions about future initiatives, opportunity areas and ways in which SuSanA can be used effectively by its members to support their work in the sanitation sector.
Milestone reached – 50 grants showcased on online discussion forum as part of sanitation project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | Source: SEI News, July 5, 2013 |
Photo: Lab reactor for biogas production using low cost nanoparticles (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona).
Sanitation experts and enthusiasts around the world from the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance with the assistance of a team from Stockholm Environment Institute are openly discussing the outcomes and progress of the Gates Foundation’s sanitation science and technology grants. After 6 months of the project just over half of the 83 sanitation research grants made by the Foundation have been introduced and discussed on the SuSanA Discussion Forum. The Forum, hosted by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), has seen an increase in activity since the grant holders were invited to contribute information and participate in discussions organised into 5 thematic topics:
- Resource recovery from excreta or faecal sludge
- Processing technologies for excreta or faecal sludge
- User interface
- Faecal sludge transport
- Enabling environment and others
Sustainable sanitation experts and enthusiast gathered at the SuSanA meeting in Stockholm two weeks ago where they exchanged experiences from their global programmes, networked and begun conversations about future collaboration. The meeting material, which includes videos of the presentations, powerpoint presentations for download and photos are now available online.
- The meeting page - Links to all the presentations, the videos and the photos from the meeting
Moreover be aware of the vibrant discussions that are taking place on the SuSanA forum that have resulted out of the meeting two weeks ago.
- About the meeting here.
- A new initiative by working group 5 here.
- The drafting of a mission statement for SuSanA here.
- Discussion on SuSanA partner mapping here.
- Discussion on the post-2015 indicators for sanitation here.
Feel free to take part in the discussion and become part of the SuSanA community.
Experts and supporters of sustainable sanitation will be gathering at the end of the Stockholm World Water Week (SWWW) on Friday 31 August and Saturday 1 September 2012 for the 16th Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) meeting.
The agenda of these 1 ½ days is filled with an impressive selection of speakers from around the globe who will share their experiences in sustainable sanitation and how it can find its place in the mainstream sanitation debates.
If you would like to gain insights into what is being done in the sustainable sanitation sector by organisations like SEI, JICA, GIZ, ACRA, ANESVBI, CAWST, WRC, Plan International USA and WSA, and if you want to discuss future activities and focus areas of SuSanA then you should join us at this SuSanA meeting in Stockholm. The meeting on Friday afternoon will be held at the SWWW venue and on Saturday the meeting will be hosted by SEI.
- Please visit our website to see the latest agenda, list of speakers and to register (free of charge).
SuSanA is co-convening Session 7 entitled “Sustainable sanitation and the role of hygiene in the value chain” of Sub-theme 1 (“Water and Sanitation for Development”) and is convening two side events: “Inspired by SuSanA: Development partners strengthen their focus on sustainable sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa – the example of Germany and Japan” and “Closing the gaps: Building up capacities and creating enabling environment for sustainable sanitation and water management in Africa“. SuSanA will also have an exhibition booth in the exhibition area (SuSanA partners can display their materials at this booth).
- The detailed program of Session 7 and the two SuSanA side events is now available online.