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23rd SuSanA Meeting in Chennai on 18 February 2017

We are pleased to announce the 23rd SuSanA meeting organised by the India Sanitation Coalition, Ecosan Services Foundation and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras together with the secretariat of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA).

The meeting will take place in Chennai, India on February 18 February 2017 at  IIT Madras, prior to the FSM4. It is complemented by a SuSanA WG 7 Meeting (WASH in Schools) and an Open Exchange Forum on 17 February 2017.

This meeting is the 2nd SuSanA meeting held in India and will be a great opportunity to meet and network with  SuSanA partners based in India.

To register for the SuSanA meeting click here. For further information about the outline and goals visit this link:

If you have any questions or comments please post them on the SuSanA Forum:

Looking forward to seeing you at the 23rd SuSanA meeting!

Sustainable Sanitation Alliance: Grant of $2.7 million to supercharge sustainable sanitation knowledge platform

The Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) through the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) has received a US $2.7 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the continued growth and development of SuSanA’s online knowledge-management and collaboration services.

“With this generous grant we will be able to enrich SuSanA’s services with the needs not only of our current active users but also potentially huge new user groups in the Global South and in the private sector as well – stakeholders who can play a pivotal role in scaling up sustainable sanitation access,” says Arno Rosemarin (SEI), project leader of this grant.

The project will be led by Stockholm Environment Institute and implemented by a consortium that includes the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), WaterAid and Oxfam, as well as specialized additional consultants.

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Sustainable Sanitation Alliance – Thematic Online Discussion: “Integrating sectors to address the holistic needs of children – how and when to integrate?”

The Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) is excited to announce the 11th Thematic Online Discussion on the topic of “Integrating sectors to address the holistic needs of children – how and when to integrate?”

Running for three weeks from Tuesday 4 October to Thursday 27 October, the BabyWASH Coalition is moderating a discussion looking at a number of key issues relating to integration between water, sanitation and hygiene; nutrition; early childhood development; and maternal newborn and child health during the first 1,000 days of life.

Join the discussion to post your questions, debate with lead experts in the field, and provide your insights and knowledge on the following issues:

Theme I – Examples of Successful Integration: What examples of success for integration has your organization had in programming? Please provide results and/or case studies from these examples. What failures have you encountered or ways that you see integration can be detrimental? (Beginning 4 October)

Theme 2 – Tools for Integration: What tools already exist to help organizations integrate across the sectors? Post links to the sources in this thread so we can start to build a comprehensive library of all current tools and guidance that we can link to after the discussion. (Beginning 12 October)

Theme 3 – Defining the Gaps: What tools and/or guidance do not already exist that would be helpful to have in order to integrate more fully? This discussion will help the BabyWASH Coalition workstreams define where their first priorities will be. (Beginning 18 October)

We look forward to interested participants and an enriching discussion!

Kind regards,

Antonio S.D. on behalf of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance

Sustainable Sanitation Alliance – Thematic Online Discussion: “Managing WASH in Schools – Is the Education Sector Ready?”

The Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) is excited to announce the 10th Thematic Online Discussion on the topic of “Managing WASH in Schools – Is the Education Sector Ready?”

Starting on Monday, September 19, we invite you to join our discussion on the challenges of WASH in Schools (WinS) globally which is part of SuSanA’s Thematic Discussion Series (TDS).

The direct links of WinS to SDG2 (health), SDG6 (water and sanitation) and SDG4 (education) pose the chance for increased inter-sectoral cooperation. Thereby, the education sector’s leadership and management are critical to broad-scale implementation and success of WinS. Yet, how is the education sector taking WASH on board and how can the sector manage it? How does the reality look like in schools around the world? What does it take for better-managed WinS? What shifts/changes are necessary to see the situation change?

Building on the SuSanA Working Group 7 (Community, Rural & Schools) meeting during the Stockholm Water Week 2016, we would like to address these and other questions in order to get a better understanding of the challenges and needs of the education sector to successfully manage WASH in schools.

In particular, we will structure our discussion along two topics – (1) Policy Issues on the Regional and Global Level and (2) Implementation Level/Matters of Implementation.

For both topics, experts from both the WASH and the education sector will provide leadership, food for thought and a profound insight into the topic. Questions raised by Forum Users will also be addressed.

Discussing WASH in school and the education sector’s role and potential for leadership, we propose the following schedule:

Theme I – Policy Issues on the Regional and Global Level (September 19-30)
Theme II – Implementation Level (September 21-30)

We look forward to interested participants and an enriching discussion on WinS.

Kind regards,

Antonio S.D. on behalf of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance

The Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) at the World Water Week 2016 in Stockholm

The World Water Week 2016 in Stockholm is lying ahead and the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) will be Co-Convener of several exciting events related to WASH and Sustainable Sanitation. Moreover, the 22nd SuSanA Meeting (27th of August) as well as several SuSanA Working Group Meetings will take place during the SWWW. Make sure to take a look at the official SWWW SuSanA Flyer (link below) to find out more about the event topics and their schedule.

Apart from the events themselves the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance will be hosting an official SuSanA Booth (Booth No. 44) where you can have interesting conversations on the topic or simply read through some of the latest SuSanA publications.

For all people that are interested but not able to join the SWWW there will be a Live Stream of the SuSanA events as well as live Twitter updates using the hashtag #22susana

If you want to register for the SuSanA events at the SWWW you can find the registration link as well as more information here:

Lastly, if you have any questions or comments you can post them on the SuSanA Forum (after registration):



2 years of Swacch Bharat Mission – Thematic online discussion on the SuSanA Forum

The India Sanitation Coalition in cooperation with the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA), is holding its first thematic online discussion on the Swacch Bharat Mission. The thematic online discussion is the first in a series of discussions taking place under the umbrella of the SuSanA Indian chapter. The discussion will run from 29th July- 21st August 2016. Join our discussion on the SuSanA Forum:…usana-indian-chapter

Since it was launched 2nd October, 2014, Swacch Bharat Mission has been one of the government’s flagship programmes. The percentage of the eligible rural population with toilets has increased to 52% from about 39% in 2012, according to the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation that oversees the programme. Though a lot of work has been done in the field of rural sanitation in the past decade in the country, sanitation coverage is still poor.

A major challenge has been to ensure everybody uses toilets all the time to make communities free from open defecation (ODF).

Though it is necessary that the construction of new toilets has to continue, mere creation of infrastructure will not be the sole mean to achieve the government’s target to make India ODF until 2019. An innovation is the use of concurrent learning, called Rapid Action Learning Units, to help in course correction and sharing information.

To ensure that the constructed and functional toilets are also used, behaviour change is key. Information, education and communication (IEC) efforts are increasingly important to change the people’s mindset and spreading knowledge about the adverse health impact of open defecation. In fact, a study shows a strong correlation between the use of IEC funds and the construction of toilets.

And there is more to the picture. Looking only at the number of constructed toilets, dismisses the whole sanitation chain, which includes containment, emptying, transport, treatment and disposal. A shift towards toilets that are used, maintained is needed.

The first thematic online discussion of the India Sanitation Coalition (ISC) which is hosted by the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance, aims at creating a broader understanding of what is needed to provide sustainable sanitation in India and to make India ODF in the context of Swacch Bharat Mission.

For this, the discussion will be structured along the following sub-topics:

  1. Policy and institutions: What has changed for SBM to work the way it especially with regard to funds utilisation and construction? Please suggest modifications for the period 2016-19 for SBM for sustainable ODF. Chairperson of the India Sanitation Coalition Naina Kidwai will initiate the discussion
  2. ODF: Is the existing definition provided by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation sufficient for sustainable and effective ODF? How can we ensure behaviour change leads to ODF and then ODF+? Sanchita from the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council will initiate the discussion
  3. Sustainability: How can we ensure that the focus from constructing toilets is shifted towards using and maintaining toilets as well as the safe treatment of human faeces – taking into consideration the whole sanitation chain? UNICEF India’s sanitation specialist Sujoy Mojumdar will initiate the discussion
  4. Good practices: What are good practice examples of how SBM has effectively contributed to significantly improve sanitation in communities? WaterAid’s policy manager Siddhartha Das will initiate the discussion

To participate in the discussion, please post on the SuSanA Forum:…sana-indian-chapter. Alternatively you can send your posts directly to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (this is a service only for registered SuSanA members. Please register here in case you are not yet a SuSanA member:

Regular summaries and a synthesis of the discussion will be provided and disseminated publicly.

We look forward to your active engagement.

22nd Meeting of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA)

The 22nd SuSanA meeting, hosted by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), will take place on 27 August 2016 prior to the World Water Week (WWW)in Stockholm, Sweden.

Furthermore, several SuSanA working group Meetings and a SFD meeting are scheduled during the week:

  • SFD-it’s use and potential in the sanitation sector (working title) – Friday, August 26 (14:00-18:00h)
  • WG 1 (Capacity Development) – Linked to the session “Attracting, engaging and developing the capacity of water professionals” August 30, 14:00-15:30h (Room 352)
  • WG 2 (Market Development) – August 28, 14:00-15:30h
  • WG 7 (WASH in Schools) – August 30, 9:00 to 10:30h (Room 352)
  • WG 8 (Emergency and Reconstruction situation) – Linked to the session “Opportunities & Limitations of Market-based Programming to Address Humanitarian WASH Needs” August 30, 11:00-12:30h (Room 352)
  • WG 12 (WASH & Nutrition) – Linked to the session “Upscaling the WASH-Nutrition Nexus for Sustainable (Body) Growth” – August 30, 14:00-15:30h (Room 362)

The registration for the SuSanA meeting is free of charge, but you must cover your own travel expenses and accommodation. Please note that SuSanA secretariat does not provide financial support to attend this event.

Your registration will assist us in the preparation of the meeting, so we request all attendees to register for this reason. Please feel free to contact the SuSanA secretariat at for any queries.

Please register

More Information about the SuSanA Events in Stockholm are available here:…na-meeting-stockholm

We are looking forward to seeing many of you in Stockholm!

Working with community leaders to change WASH behaviors

Results for Development Institute, the Millennium Water Alliance, and Dasra are hosting a thematic discussion as part of their work with the WASH Impact Network: a group of over 120 WASH innovators across India and East Africa.

We invite you to join a conversation on the opportunities and challenges of working with community leaders (both formal and informal) to achieve WASH behavior change.

How can we do a better job of leveraging the influence of community leaders to change some of the social and cultural norms that prevent uptake of health WASH behaviors?

The guiding questions for this discussion are:

1. How can community leaders play a larger role in efforts to achieve universal adoption of healthy WASH behaviors?
2. What can we learn from working with natural leaders in CLTS that can inform how we work with them in other WASH approaches?
3. What are some of the challenges of working with natural leaders? What are some challenges of working with appointed leaders?
4. What are some best practices for working with natural leaders? What are some best practices of working with appointed leaders?

The discussion takes place here on the SuSanA forum from April 14th – April 22nd.

Kampala WASH Symposium: 20-23 June, Uganda

For the first time ever, the secretariat of  the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance and the organisers of the WASH Sustainability Forum are joining forces to hold a joint conference.

The Kampala WASH Symposium will take place in Kampala, Uganda from 20 – 23 June 2016 and the 21st SuSanA meeting will be integrated into the symposium – this will be the 6th SuSanA meeting on the African continent. The event builds on eight years of SuSanA partners work on sustainability in sanitation and five years of the global WASH Sustainability Forum conversations aimed at improving the sustainability of services.

Recognising the critical need for WASH projects to engage the broader system beyond a single project, with governments at the core of that system, the focus of this year’s symposium will be “From Projects to Services: WASH Sustainability through Whole System Approaches”.

We expect that over 150 experts from governments, development partners, civil society, and academic institutions around the world will converge in Uganda for this important set of discussions.


For more information and to express your interest to participate, please visit:


SuSanA Thematic Discussion: WASH & Nutrition

ACF and GIZ invite you to take part in the 7th  SuSanA Thematic Discussion, taking place from Wednesday, 30th March until 13th April 2016 on the SuSanA Discussion Forum.


Linking water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH) and nutrition has globally gained momentum. National policies and development partners’ strategies in numerous countries already acknowledge the importance of adequate WASH conditions for achieving good nutritional status and call for WASH interventions to be scaled up along with nutrition actions. Beyond that, organisations campaign internationally for better sector collaboration. Building on ideas of the Bonn WASH Nutrition Forum in November 2015, this thematic discussion aims at continuing the dialog between the WASH sector and nutritionists. Over the course of two weeks, professionals from Action Contre La Faim (ACF), CARE, the German Toilet Organisation (GTO) and WaterAid will provide expertise for several of the complex facets at the sectoral interface.

Visit the Discussion on the SuSanA Forum:  (Starting on 30th March)

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