SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:08:32 +0000 Kunena 1.6 SuSanA - Forum en-gb Re: Construction of Toilet (with Innovative Superstructure) at the Local Govt Office for TATA Housing's SWACHH CSR Project, India - by: osbert Just want to know where its substructure is most suitable interms of geotechnical conditions.]]> Other types of toilets and sanitation systems Mon, 02 Mar 2015 09:42:49 +0000 Seeking Participants for a Sanitation Scale Lab - by: kshane
A few weeks ago I posted on the forum asking for assistance in locating a sanitation stakeholder map; thank you to everyone who responded as the resources you directed me to were fantastic.

The reason I was looking for such a visualization is that the design research and innovation consultancy I work with, Quicksand (, is partnering with the global sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future ( to host a “Sanitation Scale Lab” in India. We’re seeing so much energy, momentum and innovation happening around sanitation in India at the moment - yet it still isn’t mainstreaming; individuals innovations, projects and initiatives alone can only take us so far.

Quicksand’s experience in the space has shown that far too often sanitation policies, and therefore projects, are geared towards addressing only one, or at best a few, aspects of an otherwise complex ecosystem: behavior change is often only viewed through the lens of the end-users and does not factor in the changes needed from politicians and implementers, infrastructural improvements alone fail to move the needle as they lack community engagement, short-term engagements tend to lead to long-term issues as operations and maintenance approaches are not geared towards long-term sustainability, and on and on. Only by addressing and streamlining the challenges and activities of all actors in the sanitation space can we begin to solve the crisis in India (and abroad).

In order to disrupt the status quo - we must be looking at how we can deliberately combine efforts that sets the sanitation agenda and action in India on the right course. And with so much planned investment happening from the government, foundations and corporates - there is a timely imperative to ensure this is taking us in the right direction, and in a joined up way.

Forum for the Future’s Scaling Up Impact framework ( and Scale Lab process provides a potential way forward. The Scaling Up Impact framework is designed to drive deliberate and collective action to accelerate impact on sustainability, and requires organisations involved to come together to understand the full picture. By doing this, collectively we’ll gather an understanding of the different enablers of change that various initiatives are using- Including the innovations in sanitation, successful behaviour change approaches, policy mechanisms, business models required and more.

Addressing the issue of sanitation through a Scale Lab will allow us to collectively build a holistic picture of the sanitation ecosystem India needs; understanding the challenges and barriers that still prevent the solutions in sanitation from mainstreaming in India and identifying where the untapped potential for scale is. We hope this process will create a coalition of willing partners, who together can prototype and test collective actions that drives impact at a greater scale, unlocking additional resources and commitment to drive forward scale, and share the learning and practice to support wider, collective action.

The intention with this work is to diagnose the challenge (i.e., what’s standing in the way of scale?) and assess how they might be able to create collective action together. The hope is to identify the shared sanitation impact that these partners are trying to achieve and how the overlaps and synergies can be capitalized on to achieve greater impact. Unlike other industries and sectors, solving India’s, and the world’s, sanitation crisis benefits all people; there is an absolute need for cooperation and collaboration in order to achieve real, long-lasting change, and at a scale that matches the immense challenge at hand.

The literal manifestation of the scale lab could take various forms. Our initial ideas are that there will be working sessions with groups assembled around key “sub-challenges” within India’s sanitation crisis. These groups will use the initial diagnoses of their issues to develop workstreams for collective action in addressing the identified barriers to progress, with appropriate goals and timeframes for each, and with full support and facilitation from Forum for the Future and Quicksand. Following this, partners will test and prototype the intervention(s) which they feel will help overcome the barriers at hand and lead to scale, with learnings recorded and shared along the way.

An “India Sanitation Scale Lab” would be just one of a collection of “Scale Labs” taking place across the globe on a variety of issues in 2015. The culmination of all this effort will be a summit, which will be a global knowledge-sharing event, both physically and virtually, to disseminate the solutions that have emerged. Partners from each of the working groups will present their workstreams, including the solutions or results that each arrived at. Beyond this, enablers capable of supporting ambitious and ongoing collective action will be convened to produce momentum from the potential solutions. The focus is to provide to the sanitation sector at large a greater understanding of what it takes to achieve impact at scale while also providing an approach that can be applied to sustainability challenges moving forward.

We are in the early stages of planning the Sanitation Scale Lab, but the preliminary conversations we have had with various stakeholders have been extremely positive. While we are still in the process of lining up the necessary funding for the Lab, we’d love to hear from any practitioners in the Indian space that would be interested in participating in this with us; please let me know and we can take the conversation forward from there. Also, if anyone can help point us in the direction of any funding bodies you feel would be interested in supporting this, we’d greatly appreciate that information too.

Cheers and thanks!

Events and higher education programmes Mon, 02 Mar 2015 07:11:29 +0000
Reports from RTI International's Recent Field Work in India - by: thaddeushunt Hey everyone,

We wanted to be sure you knew that the India user studies reports from our June and Sept 2014 events in Gujarat are now posted on our RTI RTT website, under the field work tab.

September survey and FGD report

June FGD report

There are other reports from the field that can be found in the right column (or below on mobile), so be sure to check those out as well.]]>
Processing technologies for excreta or faecal sludge Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:43:05 +0000
Re: When is SuSanA going to move to open access for its publications? - by: WikiDocJames
If you look at this link

and than click on one of the publications

And click on the license you get

Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material
for any purpose, even commercially.]]>
Definitions, wikis, Wikipedia, glossaries, dictionaries, mapping tools Sun, 01 Mar 2015 17:05:46 +0000
Sanitation in Cities - by: F H Mughal sanitation in cities.

I was wondering if the moderators of Susana make arrangements with IIED, so that whole journal on sanitation in cities in available on this forum.

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Miscellaneous - any other topic Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:18:17 +0000
Re: When is SuSanA going to move to open access for its publications? - by: F H Mughal
ADB encourages printing or copying information exclusively for personal and noncommercial use with proper acknowledgment of ADB. Users are restricted from reselling, redistributing, or creating derivative works for commercial purposes without the express, written consent of ADB.

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Definitions, wikis, Wikipedia, glossaries, dictionaries, mapping tools Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:09:23 +0000
Re: Counting Shit - whats going into a latrine? - by: Moritz
Thanks. Works perfectly for me now.

The main application for us as a research institute I see in estimating faecal sludge quantities for design of faecal sludge treatment ( For lined latrines one could measure whats going in (Latrine Logger) and whats going out (e.g. number of barrels collected but gulper entrepreneurs). In the same way conditions (e.g. design of the onsite system, temperature) could be studied for which the amount of feacal sludge which need to be emptied is minimal.


Faecal sludge management Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:08:39 +0000
Toilet of Solar Impulse's first Round-the-world Solar flight? - by: AquaVerde

How about its existing toilet on board in detail?
I am interested to see system used with pictures? Where the urine and faeces go? Do they remain on board?
Other events Sun, 01 Mar 2015 13:08:50 +0000
Re: 3rd WHO on Report on NTD's (Neglected Tropical Diseases): Opportunities and Challenges - by: F H Mughal
This is a interesting WHO, and your question on WASH integration is most pertinent. The WHO report does not carry names of authors. I suggest that, if you can hold of focal person at WHO, perhaps, you can send email to that focal person and seek the answer.


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Health issues and connections with sanitation Sun, 01 Mar 2015 06:52:38 +0000
Re: Construction of Toilet (with Innovative Superstructure) at the Local Govt Office for TATA Housing's SWACHH CSR Project, India - by: golden4751 Other types of toilets and sanitation systems Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:28:11 +0000 Re: developement strategies for a chain for intelligent and lucrative urine reuse - by: lvolat
I am also very interested in the responses for this, as I am currently developing a urine collection and reuse scheme for the refugee populations in Kurdistan Iraq. We are hoping to develop a sort of urine market as the exisiting fertilizer market does not meet the local demand. Looking for existing examples of lucrative reuse schemes.

Focus on urine reuse or infiltration Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:20:13 +0000
Re: TDS: Week 3 Theme - The way forward…adaptation of the sanitation ladder to the post-2015 period - by: Sowmya
I was wondering if we could work on a Recommendations Report that can be sent to, perhaps, the OWG. Would it be possible to contact the OWG regarding the SuSanA discussion during the TDS and see how we can send our inputs to the OWG? Please find attached a draft Recommendations Report that SuSanA members could use. It is very much a work-in-progress document and also contains some notes which I have not yet posted as text content in the TDS thread.

Warm regards,

Thematic Discussion - The Sanitation Ladder: Next Steps Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:59:24 +0000
Re: Self Sustained eToilet for households/ Urban-semi urban Public/ Community Sanitation (Eram Scientific, India) - by: Bincy
Thank you for pointing this out.

The eToilets installed in Raichur were during year 2012 We were very glad to associate with Raichur authorities for providing the sanitation solution using eToilets. As pointed out by the commissioner, the user awareness was also very low and there were perceived apprehensions of the users getting trapped.

But I am glad to inform you that these revelations has helped us to view the eToilet from the user perspective and in subsequent models, we have eliminated every feature and functionality which keeps them away from using an eToilet. The electronics integration is for ensuring cleaning and maintenance of eToilet and the normal user do not have to use any electronic interface. The user can use the eToilet as any normal toilet.

Since then, we are now in 650 locations across India and we are happy to know that the users in cities and towns like Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Patna, Ahmedabad (in over 14 states)are now increasingly using eToilets.

Our R&D team is in a continuous process of design and development of the eToilet enclosure, thanks to the support of BMGF since the past years. These valuable feedback of well wishers like you are welcome and we understand, we still have a long way to go in providing the best of sanitation facility to the common man in India. We believe a comprehensive approach to provide sanitation encompassing the challenges of user awareness, adoption of new sanitation technologies, skill development, conservation of resources, sustainability and maintenance of cleanliness and hygiene is the need of the hour in India.

Also shared below is the eToilet video link

And, to put the price of eToilets in USD, 1 lakh comes to around 1600 USD. The higher end models would be around 3-6 lakhs which would be around 4800-9700 USD.

Public toilets, community toilets, toilets at festivals and events Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:48:20 +0000
Re: When is SuSanA going to move to open access for its publications? - by: WikiDocJames
Definitions, wikis, Wikipedia, glossaries, dictionaries, mapping tools Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:17:15 +0000
Re: TDS: Week 3 Theme - The way forward…adaptation of the sanitation ladder to the post-2015 period - by: fabiola Thematic Discussion - The Sanitation Ladder: Next Steps Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:26:15 +0000