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Sanitation for Millions

Toilets Making the Grade® school competition – A Competition where all Participants are Winners

  1. February 2024    476

Schools around the globe struggle to provide good and well-maintained school sanitation facilities. The Toilets Making the Grade® school competition helps improve just that in a creative and fun way that will benefit schools, as well as local authorities, donors and NGOs. Improving sanitation can often start with simple and creative steps, which is why the competition is so motivating. After all, who wouldn't be motivated to improve school toilets if there was something to win?

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Anne Fetscher, Jörg Felmeden

The sustainable use of tap water (in Germany) and the power of education. An Interview with Dr.-Ing. Jörg Felmeden

  24. January 2024    472

Water is the condition for (a healthy) life, which is why access to clean tap water and sanitation has been included as one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Agenda 2030, the international agreement for global development. In a global comparison, Germany is very well positioned, but we increasingly have to deal with issues such as water pollution and - due to the increasing impacts of climate change - water scarcity too. In reference to sanitation in Germany, the main question we have to ask ourselves is how we can use our tap water as economically as possible. Because of its outstanding quality in Germany it should end up in the Germans' stomachs rather than in their toilets.

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Climate Resilient Sanitation Coalition (CRSC)

Getting sanitation back on the (global) agenda

  28. November 2023    863

Despite the proven impact and interrelationship between sanitation and climate change, sanitation is still not part of the climate conversation. It must be, not only to ensure the resilience of the infrastructure, communities and the ecosystems which we depend on in the face of a global climate emergency, but also to harness effective and under-utilised greenhouse gas mitigation possibilities. 

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Chaiwe Mushauko-Sanderse, Sareen Malik

Decolonizing the WASH-Narrative

  17. November 2023    911

In 2023, members of the SuSanA Secretariat, Global Steering Committee, Forum Moderators and the Africa Chapter met during the Policy and Practice Forum organized by the Center for Sciences and Environment (CSE). The Secretariat conducted an interview with some SuSanA members on the theme of "Decolonizing the WASH Narrative". This interview touched on the shift in knowledge ownership, representation and collaboration between the global North and South in the WASH sector.

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Carla Liera

Menstrual Health and Environmental Intersection: Towards a Holistic Approach

  16. November 2023    602

Recently, I gave a presentation focusing on the complex connection between menstrual health and environmental issues. Within the presentation, I explored various crucial facets of this relationship, including the challenges surrounding access and use of reusable menstrual products, the environmental consequences of climate change on menstrual health practices, and the pressing issues related to resource scarcity and access to essential water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services, which are essential for ensuring dignified menstruation. Additionally, I touched upon the significance of menstrual waste and its effects on our water and soil.

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Dr. Elisabeth von Muench, Paresh Chhajed-Picha

Making the Sum of All (WASH) Knowledge Freely Accessible: An interview with Elisabeth Von Muench

  15. November 2023    444

Elisabeth von Muench, former moderator of the SuSanA discussion forum, is a dedicated Wikipedia editor. With over nine years of editing experience and nearly 50,000 edits to her name, she ranks among the top 2,000 editors globally for the English Wikipedia. Through volunteer work and paid assignments, she has improved and written numerous Wikipedia articles on WASH, climate change, and SDGs. In this interview with Paresh Chhajed-Picha, Elisabeth explains her motivation, the need for wider participation in editing Wikipedia articles, and the challenges in doing so. 

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Josphine Gaicugi

Sanitation champion spotlight: A story of courage, determination and taking up space as a woman in WASH (featuring Eva Muhia)

  14. November 2023    1468

Eva Muhia is a Kenyan WASH entrepreneur and advocate who started her career manufacturing and supplying detergent to schools and institutions then progressively transitioned to WASH. She is the founder and owner of Varet products and Global sanitation environmental programme a NGO focused on advocating for sanitation and menstrual hygiene management. She is also the vice president of PASA and a appointed member of the Nairobi rivers commission. 

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Belinda Abraham

The Business Case for Sanitation

  13. November 2023    678

I am in favour of market-based solutions. Viva con Agua’s aims to expand its work related to social water and sanitation enterprise development.  Sustainably designed business models can help ensure that human rights can be fully realised. However, a recent evening in Berlin led to some thoughts and inspired this blog.

Belinda Abraham, Viva con Agua Institutional Fundraising.

Berlin, Germany

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Mana Omar

Root causes of Gender-Based Violence amongst Drought Affected Communities of Musenke Sub-Location, Kajiado County

  9. November 2023    519

For a long time , the pastoral community of Musenke Sub-Location in Kajiado County has faced myriad of challenges. These challenges are directly and indirectly attributed to changes in weather pattern, under-development, marginalization, government neglect and harmful cultural/societal practices. Such causative factors have resulted to multiple other problems affecting health, gender equality, education, economic status and use of land. In order to better understand the root causes of gender-based violence (GBV) in this community Spring of the Arid and Semi-arid Lands (SASAL) recently conducted a study.

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Alexandra Dubois

Is Mass Media the High Road to Behaviour Change?

  6. November 2023    354

“More people have cell phones than toilets”. This oft-repeated statement reminds us of two flabbergasting issues. There are billions of people who still don’t have access to improved sanitation, and that unguided technological advancement drives strange developmental priorities. What is critical is that the disproportion comes at great risk for many. Nearly one million people are killed by water, sanitation, and hygiene-related diseases every year.

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Kavita Wankhade

Systemic shame surrounding menstruation is alive and thriving, everywhere

  31. October 2023    396

This article was originally published on The News Minute on 28th May 2023, and has been republished/repurposed here with permission. Read the original article here. 

As women, shame enters our being in many ways — when an older man leers at our barely-sprouted breasts, when we are body-shamed or slut-shamed, and sometimes even when our brilliance dazzles. The fault, we’re told, is always ours. For most of us, shame is an all-too-familiar companion, and all that differs are our coping mechanisms. But perhaps nothing shames us as much, as persistently, and for as long as the fact that we menstruate. 

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Jack Sim

World Toilet Day Interview with Jack Sim

  10. October 2023    221

On this special occasion of World Toilet Day, we are honoured to have Jack Sim, founder of the World Toilet Organisation, join us for an enlightening conversation. After founding 16 companies and gaining financial independence at 40, Prof Jack Sim retired from business to devote the rest of his life to social development. He founded the World Toilet Organization in 2001, made the 19th November the official UN World Toilet Day approved by all 193 countries at the UN General Assembly, and broke the taboo on Sanitation globally. He is fondly known as Mr Toilet by the global media and is a founding member of SuSanA since 2008. In this interview, Mr Sim shares his insights on a range of critical issues, from his pioneering efforts to shift global media attention from water to sanitation, to the profound impact of the lack of toilets and proper sanitation on women. He also sheds light on the urgent need to break the taboo surrounding toilets and sanitation, and the steps needed to ensure that sanitation takes its rightful place on the global agenda.

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Amutha Palaniandi

Sanitation champion spotlight: Amutha Palaniandi, a mason from Trichy (India)

  6. October 2023    168

My name is Amutha Palaniandi. I am a mason from Trichy in India, working in the construction of toilets and containment structures. I started my career as a helper in construction in 2006, and after 6 years decided to transition into masonry.

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SuSanA Secretariat

9 tips on how to survive World Water Week in Stockholm

  18. September 2023    163

Would you like to take part at the World Water Week in Stockholm next year but don´t know what will await you there? We got you, dive with us into some helpful tips that will make your time in Stockholm something you will never forget! Every year the World Water Week brings together an impressive range of water and sanitation professionals, policymakers, and  stakeholders that all have a common goal, to push sustainable and just water policies and reach the goals of SDG6 in regards of the Agenda2030. Together, the participants engage in meaningful discussions to address the most pressing global water challenges of our time.

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SuSanA Secretariat

Stronger Together - Connecting Female Water- and Sanitation Professionals and strengthening Women’s Networks in the Water and Sanitation Sector

  18. September 2023    273

Why do women’s networks matter for the achievement of SDG 6? A lot, and this is why: Achieving SDG 6 by 2030 is becoming increasingly unlikely, it would need a quadrupling of current rates of progress in safely managed drinking water services, safely managed sanitation services and basic hygiene services for hitting the finish line. The water and sanitation sector is facing many challenges, one is the massive capacity gap and gender gap in the water and sanitation workforce.

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Teresa Häberlein

The Historical Water and Sewage System of Yazd: A Lesson in Sustainability and Ingenuity

  7. September 2023    488

Yazd, a city nestled in the heart of Iran's central desert, holds a unique historical treasure - its ingenious water and sewage system. Dating back centuries, this remarkable system not only provided clean water and efficient sewage management but also demonstrated the resourcefulness and forward-thinking of its inhabitants. In this blog post, we delve into the historical background of Yazd's water and sewage system, explore what makes it unique, and uncover the valuable lessons it offers us in today's world. 

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SuSanA Secretariat

SuSanA at the #WorldWaterWeek 2023 in Stockholm: recap and key takeaways

  7. September 2023    127

Two weeks ago, the SuSanA Secretariat together with the SuSanA Global Steering Committee (GSC), SuSanA members and key partners from around the world attended the Stockholm World Water Week and were able to speak on behalf of the Sanitation Community. But before the World Water Week even started, the Secretariat and the GSC spent several days planning for the future of SuSanA, discussing important topics such as the institutional change process, funding, upcoming topics and trends, the regional chapters or cooperation with other networks. These days have been very intense, but also, we feel that we now are more aligned with what the next steps for SuSanA are!

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Karen Birdsall

“Uncomfortable truths: How Shit Flow Diagrams expose the gaps in urban sanitation systems – and help to close them” (Teaser)

  17. July 2023    88

“Looking back, one can almost pinpoint the moment when the urban sanitation orthodoxy in Lusaka, Zambia began to falter. It involved a diagram, compact enough to fit on a single sheet of paper, featuring roughly a dozen red and green lines of varying thickness which snaked their way across the page. 

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SuSanA Secretariat

SuSanA at the #UN2023WaterConference in New-York: recap and takeaways

  17. July 2023    108

What a great week it has been!! The SuSanA Secretariat together with SuSanA members and key partners from around the world attended the conference and were able to speak on behalf of the Sanitation Community. Thanks to the efforts of many individuals, SuSanA was able to advocate for the inclusion of sanitation and hygiene as a prerequisite for access to safe and clean water

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