The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has chosen the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) to lead a new sanitation learning and sharing platform.
The Gates Foundation’s Sanitation Science and Technology Programme has over 80 projects. SEI and SuSanA have been tasked to share the results from these projects in an open public forum engaging a broad range of experts and the general public.
Over the next 15 months SEI will work with the Programme Grantees of the Foundation in order to broaden understanding and discussion about their work. The grantees will be encouraged to work through the SuSanA that has about 200 institutional members and some 2000 discussants on its Discussion Forum (www.forum.susana.org).
In August 2012, the Foundation gave a grant to the Water and Sanitation for Africa (WSA) to set up the Africa Sanitation Think Tank (ASTT).
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Source: SEI, 09 Nov 2012
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.
The Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) has published two new 8-page factsheets:
- Abraham, B., Fogde, M., Muench, E., Wendland, C. (2011). Sustainable sanitation for schools – Factsheet of Working Group 7. Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA).
- Muellegger, E., Freiberger, E., McConville, J., Samwel, M., Rieck, C., Scott, P., Langergraber, G. (2011). Operation and maintenance of sustainable sanitation systems – Factsheet of Working Group 10. Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA).
The Government of Rwanda is hosting the AfricaSan 3 conference, which is being organised by the AMCOW Sanitation Task Force, from 19-21 July 2011 in the capital Kigali. SuSanA will be organising two seminars in the AfricaSan 3 on the following topics:
– The learning network’s approach to sustainable sanitation for all (www.susana.org/lang-en/meetings/side-events/173-side-events/573-july-2011-seminar-at-africasan3-by-giz-on-behalf-of-susana)
– Linkages between Agriculture and Productive Sanitation: Scaling up Ecosan in Africa (www.susana.org/lang-en/meetings/side-events/173-side-events/572-july-2011-seminar-at-africasan3-by-sei-on-behalf-of-susana)
More information on AfricaSan 3: www.africasan3.com
The 13th SuSanA meeting will take place on 17-18 July 2011 in Kigali, Rwanda just before the AfricaSan 3. The SuSanA meeting will be co-hosted by the Ministry of Health of Rwanda, UNICEF Rwanda and the SuSanA secretariat. The registration for the meeting is now open.
Registration link: www.susana.org/registration-susana-meeting
For more information on the agenda of the SuSanA meeting, visa, health requirements and hotel accommodation please visit the SuSanA website here: www.susana.org/lang-en/meetings/july-2011-kigali-no-13.
Concept note: SuSanA engagement in the five year drive for sustainable sanitation
Link to Concept Note
As a follow-up to International Year of Sanitation (2008) and in the effort to attain sanitation and hygiene Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets, Sustainable Sanitation 5 Year Drive to 2015 (5YD) was conceptualized by the United Nation Secretariat Advisory Board (UNSGAB) members. The idea being that, ‘the 5YD is an advocacy vehicle to keep sanitation high on the political agenda, promote national coordination, improve sanitation monitoring while supporting sustainable sanitation solutions – all in all in an effort to meet the sanitation target. The Drive aims to invigorate, galvanize and re-focus international, regional and national activities in the field of sanitation and maintain the momentum through raising awareness and facilitating action. The concept was drafted based on a recommendation made in The UN-Water Global Annual Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking Water (GLAAS) report of 2010.
The Five Year Drive was officially adopted by Resolution A/RES/65/153 of the UN General Assembly on December 20, 2010 and now serves as a tool for engaging countries as well as non-state stakeholders for improving access to sanitation worldwide.
The official launch of 5YD will take place in the presence of the UN Secretary General during the UNSGAB meeting to be held from 21-23 June 2011 in New York City. In addition regional launches are planned at the 4th South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN IV) in April 2011 and at the 3rd African Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene (AfricaSan3) in July 2011.
Read the full text of UN Resolution 65/153
12th SuSanA meeting to be held on 4th September in Stockholm.
We would like to encourage you to attend the upcoming SuSanA meeting in Stockholm just prior to the Stockholm World Water Week.
The meeting will take place on the 4th September 2010 at the Stockholmn Environment Institute (SEI), Kräftriket hus 4 (Roslagsvägen 101:4), Stockholm, SE 106 91, Sweden. Map: http://tinyurl.com/2v85d4b. The event will be hosted by SEI and GTZ.
Working Group Meetings will take place on Friday, 3rd September 2010 from 16:00 – 18:30h which will be followed by an informal dinner of SuSanA partners at 19:00h at Bishops Arms across the street from the Stockholm Central Station, Vasagatan 7. http://tinyurl.com/2ut6j5f
The SuSanA plenary will be organised on Saturday, 4th September 2010 from 09:00 – 20:00h in which the working groups will present their ongoing activities and planned activities for the future. – The draft agenda for the meeting is now available for download (link below). The participation in the meeting is free. If you wish to attend the meeting you are requested to register at the link provided below.
For more information on this event and for scholarship application forms you can visit our new website