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Recent Posts - SuSanA Forum Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:41:18 +0200 Kunena Forum (Joomla) en-gb Public cassete dry toilet in Kiev - by: BPopov I would really like to turn this toilet into vermifilter but it might be not possible since:

1) Too many people (load) sporadically
2) Too little attendance on-site and I am too far away to run the experiment and to observe and ajust and there is nobody motivated to do it on place

So in this situation we might settle with the first option you mentioned - replace the cribs. Anyway the result is definetely positive-- the toilets run without smell with very high load.

The other thing we may do do is to wait for another two weeks when another big public toilet will be opened 70 m away (the park service is finishing it) and when the most visitors go there we will conduct our experiments again but not in such a pressing mode since now it is the only toilet available.

Public toilets, community toilets, shared toilets Thu, 29 Jun 2017 08:12:20 +0200
Public cassete dry toilet in Kiev - by: goeco
adding water doesn't "make" ammonia, it just "releases" it. What is happening is that your heaps are toxic, they contain large quantities of urea and ammonia nitrogen... and the pH will be unstable. It is not possible to support rapid-decomposition aerobic organisms such as worms in this environment. Because the heaps are condensed they will not smell much, but they also will not decompose aerobically, nor rapidly. Your only options are:
  1. Remove and replace the crates as they fill, with a forklift (there will not be significant reduction using the current methods);
  2. Add the handwash water and (like I said before) add the worms a week later. Your choices are to put up with the smell for a few hours until the heaps stabilise (or just run a trickle of water into the crates overnight to fix the smell), or replace the crate and add the handwash water from the start (which will NOT generate smell).

The thing is if you want mass reduction, you need to provide a suitable environment for the worms. Adding bulking material won't do this with the large amount of urine influent, and by adding bulking material you are only speeding up the filling of your crates. There might be enough oxygen in the heaps (because of the porosity of the bulking material) for decomposition, but it will be slow. You want fast. You don't want to be constantly replacing the crates, so add handwash water.


Public toilets, community toilets, shared toilets Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:39:20 +0200
How would we tackle Sanitation Challenges in MENA - by: fppirco I must told congratulation to Susan secretaries and members for " How would we tackle Sanitation Challenges in MENA " topic in very critical crisis prone region such as middle east and Africa.

Please find some attached about sanitation and water in my face book time line.

Thank you;

Mohammad Mojtabaei ]]>
Thematic Discussion - Applications of Sanitation Systems and Technologies in the MENA region Wed, 28 Jun 2017 22:06:15 +0200
How would we tackle Sanitation Challenges in MENA - by: F H Mughal
MENA is predominantly a Muslim region. Since, I'm also Muslim, we cannot conceive of a sanitation system without the use of water. In the ongoing discussions, I'm unable to find use of water (in toilets). Perhaps, you may like to elucidate on this point.


F H Mughal]]>
Thematic Discussion - Applications of Sanitation Systems and Technologies in the MENA region Wed, 28 Jun 2017 20:22:24 +0200
How would we tackle Sanitation Challenges in MENA - by: Mswaibu There is need to educate the people living in rural areas about sunitation and its effect if not practiced .
There is need to carry out survey every quarterly of the year to find out how people are practicing it.]]>
Thematic Discussion - Applications of Sanitation Systems and Technologies in the MENA region Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:26:43 +0200
Re-launch of improved SuSanA website just around the corner - putting results from UX (user experience) study into action - by: muench
Thanks for your feedback!
And yes, the new website version will have a proper mobile version to go with it (so called responsive design). That's really important. Thanks for pointing that out!

About RSS feeds: yes, the new Joomla 3.7 supports that in a better way. André (from Dotwerkstatt, our IT company) told me we can include that in the upgrade.

About the iCal link, I assume you mean that one would go to the events section and if one likes an event one can click on "put into my calendar" and it would get into your Outlook calendar? I would find that a very useful thing to have. André said it will be possible with the new, redesigned events calendar that we will be getting. So that's great.

About the Humanitarian ID. André didn't give me an answer on that one yet. Presumably because he didn't know if this would really add much value. Could you expand on what you have in mind there? It would be the same login name and password for several websites, I guess? Which ones? Are you already using it on several websites? Could be a little tricky to synchronise member databases and also have all security issues covered. Could you tell us more about that one?

Announcements regarding SuSanA Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:29:14 +0200
Local, National, and Global Approaches to Meeting SDGs - by: Aparnag ), we discussed how individual nations are holding themselves accountable for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. This article looks more closely at who is doing what – which countries are participating in the voluntary national review process, and in particular what France is doing, which emerged during our discussion as one of the best practice examples globally.
Since the introduction of the SDGs, stakeholders have come to understand that each SDG cannot be approached individually, and that collaboration on small and large scales needs to take place to realize these goals.

Nations need to have bodies in place to address SDG implementation at a local and national level, but “It would be great if at the state level, they also had a department who was looking at what each of the individual states are doing, what are they approving,” says WASH expert Tari Bowling.

Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) allow countries to share their local, national, and global approaches to meeting SDGs. Twenty-two countries ─ China, Colombia, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Madagascar, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Norway, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, Togo, Turkey, Uganda and Venezuela ─ went through the VNR process last year, which was the first year of the program.

Almost twice as many countries have volunteered to be part of the 2017 VNRs, with forty planning to present: Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Monaco, Nepal, the Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Slovenia, Sweden, Thailand, Togo, Uruguay and Zimbabwe.

The SDG Knowledge Hub indicates that for this year’s VNRs, countries are expected to report on actions and measures taken to advance implementation of the SDGs, and provide information on what progress they have made.

France as a best practice example

France is a country exploring SDG implementation at all levels, and serves as a good example for other countries to emulate. It submitted its executive summary on the implementation of the SDGs in July 2016, prior to VNR presentations at that year’s session of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

France’s Inter-ministerial Representative for Sustainable Development, and General Commissioner for Sustainable Development, steered the report on how the country fared at SDG implementation, and national civil society organizations were also consulted. Public consultation came through online opportunities and consultative workshops.

The country’s national institute of statistics and economic studies is conducting a feasibility study on how SDGs can be accomplished on a national level. Social security systems and universal access to healthcare and basic goods and services have created a high standard of living in France, and framework exists to cut greenhouse gas emissions and tackle unemployment.

The country adopted ten wealth indicators in 2015 reflecting employment, investment, national debt, health, inequalities, education, environmental protection and happiness, but is still working to cut down on inequalities, maintain healthy ecosystems and manage natural resources in a sustainable way, aid in unemployment and bring the population above the poverty line.

France is working toward international development goals, such as official development assistance of 0.7 per cent of its gross national income by 2030, and funding climate change action.

The country is planning to develop an SDG action plan through a multidisciplinary and inclusive process, including workshops, local reviews, and an online platform.]]>
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), global sanitation indicators, JMP monitoring, former MDGs Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:55:08 +0200
Call for SuSanA member meet-up in Nigeria - by: ossai our attention has been drawn to the unavailability of refreshment on the agenda.
we wish to announce that there would be refreshment.

Thank you,

Ossai Ilome]]>
General announcements Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:26:01 +0200
Call for SuSanA member meet-up in Nigeria - by: ossai As we look forward to tomorrows meeting, i want to use this opportunity to wish participants travelling from various destination a safe and successful journey.

Our agenda has evolved. Kindly find it attached for your information.

We would like the Moderators to confirm availability for skype goodwill message presentation.

Thank you,

Ossai Ilome,
SuSanA Nigeria Coalition.
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General announcements Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:57:58 +0200
SuSanA's new partner profile pages - by: shobana I have joined the SuSanA secretariat recently and will be supporting new partner applications and partner management.

Existing partners now can edit information in their partner page and upload new information, publications and other documents with a member account.
Please write to us if you need editing rights for your organisation.

If you have any queries regarding partner application, processing and partner profile usage, please do not hesitate to post your questions in this thread or simply write to us.

Best regards,
Help and tips for SuSanA website and other related tools Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:22:23 +0200
How would we tackle Sanitation Challenges in MENA - by: secretariat I hope this clarification is helpful.

Aloka (on behalf of SuSanA Secretariat)]]>
Thematic Discussion - Applications of Sanitation Systems and Technologies in the MENA region Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:32:12 +0200
Kini Interview with Tari Bowling on Achieving SDGs & Implementing WASH in Laos - by: Aparnag

Interview Notes and Resources

A conference on SDGs was held in Sydney which was attended by Tari and many other water experts to discuss meeting the goals. Tari’s interview was conducted just after she attended the conference.

Effect of Climate Change on Irrigation - Tari talked about how climate change is affecting irrigation projects in Laos and UNDP is running a program to make the agriculture sector more resilient to climate change.

Opportunities for working with NGOs in Laos – For those interested in doing an internship or working with NGOs in Laos can search for NGO networks in Laos and express their interest. A forum was started by Tari where practitioners can provide their inputs and learn as well.

The Mekong River Commission is an active organization working in the region that interested water professionals can contact.

Tari mentions the World Bank’s water and sanitation program that helps working groups in Laos to work towards better sanitation and hygiene.

The WaSH Technical Working Group meets at Nam Saat, the rural water supply department and works well with the community.

Tari mentions Australian aid being utilized in Laos and we give you an overview of aid sent to Laos to get an understanding of the role Australia is playing in development work there.

Youth play a significant role in achieving the SDGs through their creativity and innovation. A lot is being done by nations to encourage the youth to play an active part in achieving the SDGs.

Tari talks about adaptive management approach that she adapted for a CLTS project with the hydropower company she is employed with. She states that following this approach helped a great deal in the success of the project.

Community Led Total Sanitation is an effective way of engaging communities in appraising their sanitation and hygiene situation and take action accordingly.]]>
Nutrition and WASH (including stunted growth) Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:08:41 +0200
How would we tackle Sanitation Challenges in MENA - by: F H Mughal I do not have a Facebook account, and don't intend to create one.

F H Mughal]]>
Thematic Discussion - Applications of Sanitation Systems and Technologies in the MENA region Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:18:38 +0200
SuSanA & BEAM Exchange Webinar: "Developing Markets for Sanitation: Where to Start?" 31 May 2017 - by: sanjaysingh Market development in action Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:15:04 +0200 SuSanA & BEAM Exchange Webinar: "Developing Markets for Sanitation: Where to Start?" 31 May 2017 - by: sanjaysingh
1.In Bihar, is there MFI linkage to other services like water supply and solid waste management?
We haven’t come across MFI linkage for services like water supply and waste management, this is limited to livelihood loans only. Toilet loans are first of its kind that could fall under the consumption loan category.

2.Did this project mix CLTS and Market Development Approaches? If yes, what was the experience of this?
No we did not mix CLTS with MDA. However, there were certain overlapping geography where CLTS was done this project also complemented. These areas were targeted government geography under ODF drive (government identifies certain villages each year under ODF drive). Obviously the toilet adoption was higher in these areas but it is difficult to say that it happened because of CLTS MDA mix or because government’s extreme focus in these areas.

3.How specifically do you capture the usage data after the toilet construction - by household survey, but how are the survey questions around this framed?
We capture toilet usage through household survey and the questions are;
1.Did you use latrine at home or went out for defecation yesterday?
2.Did you use latrine at home or went out for defecation day before yesterday? (excluding yesterday)
3. In last 3 occasions when you defecated, how often you used latrine? (Occasions should include today if the person defecated today)

4.What was the role of the Fund Manager and how was the $1.2 million deployed?
The fund manager’s role is as below;
1. Attract MFI for sanitation financing in Bihar
2. Disburse fund to them based on their capacity after due diligence considering the associated risk
3. Monitor that the toilet loan has been utilized for toilet construction through sample survey
4. Ensure that the MFI’s are returning money properly
5. The money is again rotated for sanitation loans (consumer+ enterprise)
6. Mobilize additional funding for sanitation financing
5.What were the messages/arguments used to convince people of the need for a toilet? And also to take on a loan for this?
The project’s emphasis was on supply side strengthening first. The messages were to address the barriers of toilet purchase and use. Emphasis were given on:
a. Pride of having toilet in the house and using it too.
b. Specification of a standard toilet and component used in the construction of a standard toilet
c. Information regarding selection of place for toilet construction and process / time required for toilet construction.
d. Health issue related to open defecation.
e. Availability of loan (at low rate of interest) for construction of toilet.

6.What plans do you have for those in the community who don't buy into your approach since their activities may invariably have an impact on those who have adopted the approach?

The project provides all the above mention information to all the people contacted, people who agree to construct toilets are encouraged to purchase from the sanitation enterprise linked to the project (as the project can assure quality only at these enterprises) but are open to go to other enterprises as per their choice. Those who do not agree are planned to be contacted again in future during next community meetings in the village at a later date. With more and more purchasing and constructing toilets, the remaining households tend to also purchase will lesser persuasion.

7.According to this programme's experience, what are the key drivers that influence adoption?
Complete and correct information related to toilet construction and association of pride with toilet has been the main driver to initiate toilet adoption, whereas seeing more and more people adopting toilet has been the key driver that has influenced adoption at scale.]]>
Market development in action Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:07:38 +0200
Chief of Party, Sanitation Service Delivery, Cote d'Ivoire - by: nrakova Department: West and Central Africa
Based in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire or Cotonou, Benin
Reports to the Regional Director, West and Central Africa

Who we are

We’re Population Services International (PSI), the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. We work to make it easier for people in the developing world to lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire by marketing affordable products and services that range from mosquito nets to contraceptives to HIV testing.

There are over 9,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. It’s a diverse group of entrepreneurs and professionals with an unusually wide range of backgrounds - from the medical industry to the music business - all with unique skills we bring to the job.

Join us!

PSI seeks an experienced Chief of Party (COP) to lead implementation of its USAID-funded Sanitation Service Delivery Project (SSD) in West Africa. Currently half way through the project, SSD is a 5-year urban sanitation program in Ghana, Benin, and Cote d’Ivoire. The project aims to increase access to safely managed sanitation through market-based approaches and to share learning with the region on market-based approaches to increasing sanitation access. The project’s approach includes stimulating demand and improving supply of high-quality, affordable sanitation products and services, primarily through engagement, coordination, and capacity building of private sector actors.

The COP should have significant leadership, management and international development experience; experience successfully collaborating with private sector, NGO, and government partners; strong interest in market-based approaches to development; and a demonstrated track record of delivering programmatic results. This position will be based in either Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire or Cotonou, Benin, and will oversee the project in all three countries. He/she will report to the Regional Director for West and Central Africa.

Sound like you? Read on.


Your contribution

You will be responsible for overall management, technical direction, and administration to ensure programmatic success. This includes:
Serve as main point of contact/representative of the project to USAID.
Oversee the implementation and continuous improvement of activities in Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, and Ghana.
Provide expertise in the design and diffusion of innovative service delivery for WASH products and services, including providing effective guidance and support to technical members of the in-country management teams and staff assigned to the project.
Lead implementation of a robust learning and sharing plan.
Ensure the quality and timeliness of project deliverables.
Ensure the effective use and coordination of USAID resources and the compliance of the financial systems and controls with USAID standards.
Lead internal and external program planning and reporting including annual work planning with sub-award partners.
Develop and manage a team that includes members of diverse backgrounds and partner organizations.
Ensure sound financial management including programmatic budgeting, spending projections and monitoring of payments.
Ensure high-quality periodic reporting in line with USAID and PSI requirements (Quarterly and Annual Status reports, quarterly financial reports etc.)

What are we looking for?

The basics

Hold a master’s degree or higher in a relevant field and have technical skills which complement those of the activity’s key technical specialists
Have a minimum of 15 years of experience in international development.
Experience and technical knowledge in market-based approaches and/or sanitation strongly preferred.
Have at least 10 years of successful experience as Project Director of large donor-funded technical assistance programs for activities of similar magnitude and complexity in developing countries.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a cross-cultural environment with other implementers and teams carrying out USAID- and other donor-funded programs, including activities in different sectors
Be adept in strategic planning, budgeting, adaptive management, and supervision
Fluency in French and English is mandatory.
References will be required.

Please apply directly on the PSI website: PSI websitePSI website

PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.]]>
Jobs, consultancies, internships Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:36:10 +0200
Topic 3: What can we do to promote the use and replication of good sanitation lessons and practices? - by: Robertus Thematic Discussion: Case studies are Signposts for Recognition and Encouragement Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:56:20 +0200 What are the best sanitation practices and local solutions in MENA? - by: secretariat 2-FactorsofGoodSanitation.jpg

SuSanA MENA Chapter First Thematic Discussion “Applications of Sanitation Systems and Technologies in MENA” has indicated 5 factors to implement effective and sustainable sanitation projects in the MENA region.
These factors are as following:
• Economically viable
• Socially acceptable
• Technically appropriate
• Institutionally appropriate
• Protect the environment and the natural resources.
Furthermore the importance of community engagement was highlighted.

SuSanA members are invited to join our new MENA group in facebook and continue the discussion there:

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Thematic Discussion - Applications of Sanitation Systems and Technologies in the MENA region Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:29:18 +0200
Research Assistant/Research Fellow in Water Engineering for Developing Countries at Cranfield University - by: AParker
The Cranfield Water Science Institute has over 25 years of successful research and teaching based on the knowledge, skills and abilities of our staff and our undoubted ability to partner with and develop our post-graduate students. We host a suite of unique, near industrial-scale facilities that attract funding from across the water sector as well as from government and charitable trusts and we have strategic partnerships with several water utilities. The quality of our research and teaching on water and sanitation for low income countries was recognised this year through award of the Queens Anniversary Prize for Higher & Further Education.

Our expanding Water & Sanitation Group is committed to improving access to safe, affordable, and sustainable water and sanitation worldwide. As part of delivering on this ambition we wish to recruit a Research Fellow with capabilities aligned to the Group’s emerging interests to support both teaching and research. We are looking for a highly motivated individual to deliver pioneering research that changes water and sanitation thinking and practice. You will join a leading provider of progressive educational and research support for international development, delivered through ground breaking collaborations with the private and public sectors.

You will have a PhD (or be close to completion) or equivalent degree in a field related to water engineering with particular emphasis on applications in low income settings (or associated subject), a track record of winning and delivering research projects sponsored by both the public and private sectors, a peer-reviewed publication track record on WASH topics and experience of teaching and supervision at post-graduate level.

Your experience should have provided you with a close understanding of the contemporary challenges facing the WASH sector and practical knowledge of the design and implementation of WASH interventions.

We are looking for someone with excellent oral and written communication skills who is comfortable and confident dealing with senior colleagues and research sponsors.

Cranfield University is committed to promoting a harmonious working and learning environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity, recognising that the contribution of all its people will be most effective in conditions which are inclusive.

We have been awarded an Institutional Athena SWAN Bronze award and have also achieved a Bronze Opportunity Now award. We also run the Leadership Foundation’s Aurora Programme, which is a leadership development programme, aimed at women in an academic, technical or professional service role.

Your career at Cranfield will be enhanced through access to fully equipped shared laboratory and pilot facilities, extensive research and business training through our learning and development team and doctoral training centres in a collegiate and supportive environment.

For an informal discussion, please contact Prof Sean Tyrrel, Professor of Bioaerosol Science/SWEE Director of Education on +44 (0)1234 758320 or (E); This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Interviews to be held: 9 August 2017
School/Department: School of Water, Energy and Environment
Based at Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work: 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday
Contract type: Fixed term contract, Period 18 months
£31,620 to £35,244 per annum (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)
£23,485 to £26,900 per annum (Research Assistant, i.e. without PhD)
Apply by: 19/07/2017
More details here ]]>
Jobs, consultancies, internships Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:37:36 +0200
Introducing Antenna Foundation from Switzerland: A new partner organisation of SuSanA - by: secretariat logo_AntennaEN_RVB.jpg

We would like to welcome Antenna Foundation from Switzerland as a new SuSanA partner organisation!

The following text is taken from their application form and was written by the partner organisation themselves.

Description and Activities in Sustainable Sanitation:

Antenna Technologies is a Swiss foundation committed to the scientific research of technological, health and economic solutions in partnership with universities, non-profit organizations and private companies to meet the basic needs of marginalized populations in developing countries.

Contact person:

Jerome Voillat


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New SuSanA partners Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:59:32 +0200