SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://www.forum.susana.org/ Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:50:22 +0000 Kunena 1.6 http://www.forum.susana.org/components/com_kunena/template/default/images/icons/rss.png SuSanA - Forum http://www.forum.susana.org/ en-gb ~500,000 households in the U.S.A. lack adequate water and sanitation - by: AmyKeegan http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/183-monitoring-and-evaluation-mae/19158-500000-households-in-the-usa-lack-adequate-water-and-sanitation#21035 http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/183-monitoring-and-evaluation-mae/19158-500000-households-in-the-usa-lack-adequate-water-and-sanitation#21035 And whereas in the US levels of unimproved sanitation have decreased from 1 265 100 in 1990 to 36 100 now (note the lack or punctuation at all for clarity!), levels in Germany have only had a slight decrease since 1990.

Amy]]>
Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:50:17 +0000
Re: Exploring how to address on-going taboos and silence around MHM for girls in school - by: RachelTTextiles http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/282-theme-1-breaking-the-taboo-around-mhm/21022-exploring-how-to-address-on-going-taboos-and-silence-around-mhm-for-girls-in-school#21034 http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/282-theme-1-breaking-the-taboo-around-mhm/21022-exploring-how-to-address-on-going-taboos-and-silence-around-mhm-for-girls-in-school#21034 Transformation Textiles has been exploring how to bridge successful principles from Experiential Marketing and apply that to an MHM education approach that engages multiple audiences (from direct users of product - girls in school), to other community stakeholders that ultimately can help provide that girl with the menstrual supplies that she needs such as: Parents, school teachers & head-masters, local CBOs (community based organizations). All of these listed are potential MHM champions and change-agents ... they just need to be effectively activated and given easy to replicate tools.

In celebration of May 28th Menstrual Hygiene Day 2016, Brighter Communities Worldwide (BCW) and Transformation Textiles created a 'mini MHM festival' as part of the pre-activities for the Nationally sponsored event held in Kenya. We were able to "edu-tain 1000+ participants for less than $200 USD, and the same tools, games and manipulatives used for this event were used in multiple events afterwards. (For example, with Marni Sommer's permission we printed 1 copy of her "Grow and Know" series Puberty books, and laminated this single copy ... All 1000 participants, filed through and read the book as part of an "Art Gallery". The school begged for us to leave this copy with them, so that other members of the community could benefit from it. One male professor, afterwards came up and said, "I am a very learned man ... and yet today I learned things I never knew". To see the summary of the tools and activities done for this mini-festival please click the below link:

The 60 minute EVA experience (evawear.ihubapp.org/stories/41326). BCW has a great "Girls for Girls" program, that fosters health clubs in each of the schools where they function. The girls who attend are introduced to a savings club, which provides them 3 year Reusable Dignity Kits. The girls pay for a small portion of the cost of the Dignity kit, but that value transaction is critical to empowerment, ownership and buy-in.

From the feed-back of this great day with BCW, Transformation Textiles made these resources available on a FREE MHM mobile app, so that anyone anywhere could down-load these same resources and re-create their own mini-MHM festival. We were invited by IsraAID to teach refugee women in the Kakuma Refugee camp the same material. As expected, these women adapted, improved upon our materials and made it their own. With their help, we made the "How much Does Menses Cost?" in to a more pictoral format for illiterate or multi-language use: See the adaptation here:

How Much do you spend? (evawear.ihubapp.org/stories/42678)

But what was most exciting is what happened AFTER WE LEFT! The refugee women have held multiple mini-festivals, and have organized themselves into women's groups who are marketing the products to other women within the camp! evawear.ihubapp.org/stories/42782

If a refugee woman is excited about activating her community and sees that this as a potential revenue channel (and out of all vulnerable girls and women ... the obstacles are stacked against her ... water scarcity, dire need) ... how much more are other the target audiences identified as needing solutions.

There is a beautiful dance that is forming between MHM champions of different walks, status levels and resource bases ... each of us has an integral role. There is a place for some 'hand-outs', but what is exciting is when NGOs and program based partners, can create bridges to "hand-ups" ... like BCW, IsraAID and Transformation Textiles have done together.]]>
Theme 1: Breaking the taboo around MHM Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:19:34 +0000
Re: Webinar: Working with WASH Markets to Prepare for and Respond to Emergencies - Wednesday 22 March 2017 14:00 - 15:30 GMT - by: jonpar http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/167-market-development-in-action/20966-webinar-working-with-wash-markets-to-prepare-for-and-respond-to-emergencies-wednesday-22-march-2017-1400-1530-gmt#21033 http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/167-market-development-in-action/20966-webinar-working-with-wash-markets-to-prepare-for-and-respond-to-emergencies-wednesday-22-march-2017-1400-1530-gmt#21033 Working with WASH Markets to Prepare for and Respond to Emergencies
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Webinar - 22.03.17 14:00 – 15:30 GMT

RECORDING / READING MATERIALS / Q&A

The recording of the webinar is now accessible to all and can be found here :

attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/9065265944834799875

The webinar is 1.5 hours and we recommend listening to it all for context. Start time is 04.00 mins so please skip to that. However, a time summary is below to allow for easy access to segments of the presentation:

Part 1: Project Overview & Enhanced PCMA Approach 04.00 – 26.05 mins
Part 3: Country Case Studies 26.10 – 58.15 mins
Part 3: Major Learning Discussion 58.20 – 1.18.30 mins
Part 4: Stepped Approach to Change Discussion 1.18.35 mins - end

For those wishing to quickly find out what questions were asked of the presenters throughout the webinar please find questions and summary responses attached (Note: where questions were similar, we have only responded once).

Further feedback Opportunity
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The webinar offered participants the opportunity to contribute to the discussion on the country experiences, some of the main learnings and the proposed stepped approach towards market engagement as the basis for market analysis and programming.

If you would still like to provide feedback please send to Katie Whitehouse ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Carol Brady ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) by Friday 31st March.

You feedback will be used to finalise the strategy documents attached as pre-read materials.

We are particularly interested in your interpretations of the 'Stepped Approach' towards market engagement.

Feedback to date has been that:

“It is a useful table to find out where we are and how we can move up the ladder and specific to NGO and country program too.”

“I think this is very useful when moving the way we do business towards a market-based programming. This is a process within an organisation and as your report mentions, takes time. I also like your point about keeping tools simple. Complicated tools are very off putting to implementers.”]]>
Market development in action Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:02:29 +0000
Re: Exploring how to address on-going taboos and silence around MHM for girls in school - by: CWendland http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/282-theme-1-breaking-the-taboo-around-mhm/21022-exploring-how-to-address-on-going-taboos-and-silence-around-mhm-for-girls-in-school#21032 http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/282-theme-1-breaking-the-taboo-around-mhm/21022-exploring-how-to-address-on-going-taboos-and-silence-around-mhm-for-girls-in-school#21032
to reply partly to your questions: We work a lot on safe water and sustainable sanitation in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus and realised a big lack of awareness and information about MHM among school girls. In our Water and Sanitation Safety Plan Compendium (www.wecf.eu/english/publications/2017/Revised-Compendium.php) we have Part C which is a Train the teachers giving guidance to teachers how to realise an interactive education on water and sanitation and to make children change agents. Module C5 is about MHM: www.wecf.eu/download/2017/01-January/WSSPPublicationENPartC.pdf
Teachers report that in rural areas this topic is often the one most appreciated by the school children. What is important for the girls is to start to talk about it and the related problems thus breaking the taboo. The aim is then also to make school children know and claim their rights themselves, e.g on adequate school sanitation.

Claudia Wendland, WECF]]>
Theme 1: Breaking the taboo around MHM Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:35:13 +0000
Re: Starting Soon: TDS 12 "Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Schools - A neglected issue" - by: sophiedurrans http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/282-theme-1-breaking-the-taboo-around-mhm/21022-exploring-how-to-address-on-going-taboos-and-silence-around-mhm-for-girls-in-school#21031 http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/282-theme-1-breaking-the-taboo-around-mhm/21022-exploring-how-to-address-on-going-taboos-and-silence-around-mhm-for-girls-in-school#21031
In relation to this discussion I thought some of you might be interested in SHARE's policy brief on MHM. It highlights the work we've done on this subject to date, where we think the gaps remain and what we'd recommend for policymakers and practitioners.

You can download the policy brief here: http://www.shareresearch.org/research/menstrual-hygiene-management-policy-brief

Happy to answer any questions or discuss in more detail!

Many thanks,
Sophie]]>
Theme 1: Breaking the taboo around MHM Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:15:26 +0000
Re: Improving the page on "Right to water" (human right to water and sanitation) on Wikipedia - by: abrown http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/198-wikipedia/14930-improving-the-page-on-qright-to-waterq-human-right-to-water-and-sanitation-on-wikipedia?limit=12&start=12#21030 http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/198-wikipedia/14930-improving-the-page-on-qright-to-waterq-human-right-to-water-and-sanitation-on-wikipedia?limit=12&start=12#21030 Talk page under the "Further improvements..." sub-heading.

What was done?
  • Elisabeth set in motion the name change. The page used to be called Human Right to Water. She was finally able to get approval to change the name to Human Right to Water and Sanitation.
  • I made editorial/grammatical changes to the article. I updated the "Introduction," "International Context," and "Legal Foundations" sections. These sections took a surprisingly long time (almost two whole days) because there were some factual errors, and the material was not reader friendly.
  • I double-checked references to the above sections, and removed inaccurate ones.
  • I made sure the chronology of the resolutions was clearly noted in the article, and specified the difference between the 2010 and 2015 resolutions.
  • I haven't done it yet, but am planning on finishing the "Critiques/Alternatives" section referencing the scholars listed on the Talk page.

What still needs to be done?
  • Basic editorial/grammatical changes needed to the rest of the article starting with the section "International Jurisprudence."
  • The "International Context" section could be updated to have more of a focus on sanitation.
  • A section could be added on Human Right to Water and Sanitation actions/movements.
  • Cross links need to be added from other articles to this article. For example, it could be more prominently displayed in the "Human Rights" article. There are also many other articles that could be linked to this article. Please see the conversation on the Talk page under the "Linking to this article" section for more information.
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Wikipedia Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:50:05 +0000
WASHwatch - An information hub and accountability platform for water, sanitation and hygiene - by: AmyKeegan http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/183-monitoring-and-evaluation-mae/18456-washwatch-an-information-hub-and-accountability-platform-for-water-sanitation-and-hygiene#21029 http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/183-monitoring-and-evaluation-mae/18456-washwatch-an-information-hub-and-accountability-platform-for-water-sanitation-and-hygiene#21029
I've replied in the other thread which should hopefully bring some clarity and we'll change the way we portray the information so that this doesn't happen again!

We have been working with WASHFunders and they are a great resource - they focus mainly on US foundations so we have been working together to link up our resources to share these complementary information hubs.

I am excited to share with you that WASHwatch have just released our new Donor Profiles.

Our aim for these profiles is to provide the information needed to increase donor accountability within the sector. (For more information read our WASHwatch blog)

Which donors are being profiled?
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, CzechRepublic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States of America.

Our first wave of donor profiles have focused on bilateral donor countries that report to OECD to ensure that the figures are comparable. Over the next few months we will be developing multilateral donor profiles.

What are the donor profiles?
1.Statistics
a. Donor statistics including: general finance flows, WASH finance flows, WASH finance flows by system and WASH finance flows by channels.
b. Domestic statistics including: water and sanitation access figures.
c. Top WASH ODA Recipient Countries information
2.Donor Coordination Mechanisms including: government departments responsible for international aid, and national CSO coalitions working in domestic advocacy for international aid.
3.Donor Policies and Strategy including: any key documents on organisational strategy highlighting mentions of WASH and WASH specific strategy produced by the government department responsible for international aid.
4.Donor Monitoring Mechanisms: External documents evaluating the donor’s performance both overall and specifically with regards to WASH. Includes:
a. OECD DAC Peer Reviews
b. GLAAS ESA Reports
c. SEEK Development Donor Tracker
d. Aid Transparency Index
e. Commitment to Development Index, Centre for Global Development
f. Other country focused reports produced by domestic CSO coalitions.
5. Declarations and Commitments including: whether donors have met the commitment of using 0.7% of GNI to ODA.
6. Donor Comparison: There is a tool to enable you to directly compare donors statistics and commitments to each other. For example: Development Assistance Countries

WASHwatch is a collaborative platform and as such we encourage contributors. Please share with us any suitable data, analysis or comments to be added to the website via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Thanks,
Amy]]>
Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:35:46 +0000
What we have done so far in WG7 around MHM - by: CWendland http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/281-thematic-discussion-12-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm-in-schools--a-neglected-issue/21028-what-we-have-done-so-far-in-wg7-around-mhm#21028 http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/281-thematic-discussion-12-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm-in-schools--a-neglected-issue/21028-what-we-have-done-so-far-in-wg7-around-mhm#21028
it is an exciting day with the MHM discussion starting today!

I wanted to raise your attention on the work we have done so far. In the WASH in Schools story collection, we have a number of stories please see here:
www.susana.org/_resources/documents/defa...320-7-1449650781.pdf
or you find them in the SuSanA Wiki searching for MHM.

We appreciate to collect more sustainable stories about this topic: if you want share your successful story please let us know,

best regards
Claudia Wendland
www.WECF.eu]]>
Thematic Discussion 12 “Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Schools – A neglected issue” Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:01:32 +0000
Re: New MHM resources - by: Mintje http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/281-thematic-discussion-12-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm-in-schools--a-neglected-issue/21005-preparatory-readings-for-our-thematic-discussion-on-qmhm-in-schools-a-neglected-issueq#21027 http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/281-thematic-discussion-12-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm-in-schools--a-neglected-issue/21005-preparatory-readings-for-our-thematic-discussion-on-qmhm-in-schools-a-neglected-issueq#21027
I also included some of the documents you mentioned in the preparatory readings below.

Looking forward to hear your thoughts on Dr. Marni Sommer's opening post on "Exploring how to address on-going taboos and silence around MHM for girls in School", which is now online under Theme 1: Breaking the taboo around MHM.]]>
Thematic Discussion 12 “Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Schools – A neglected issue” Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:55:00 +0000
Re: Starting Soon: TDS 12 "Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Schools - A neglected issue" - by: Mintje http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/281-thematic-discussion-12-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm-in-schools--a-neglected-issue/20954-running-now-tds-12-qmenstrual-hygiene-management-mhm-in-schools-a-neglected-issueq#21026 http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/281-thematic-discussion-12-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm-in-schools--a-neglected-issue/20954-running-now-tds-12-qmenstrual-hygiene-management-mhm-in-schools-a-neglected-issueq#21026
thank you for the expressed interest in our discussion.

Dr. Marni Sommer has now started our discussion on Theme 1: Breaking the taboo around MHM.

Please follow this link to join the Topic!

I'm looking forward to read your replies!]]>
Thematic Discussion 12 “Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Schools – A neglected issue” Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:44:57 +0000
Re: WASHwatch - A platform facilitating transparency in monitoring, availability of information and communication - by: muench http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/183-monitoring-and-evaluation-mae/18456-washwatch-an-information-hub-and-accountability-platform-for-water-sanitation-and-hygiene#21025 http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/183-monitoring-and-evaluation-mae/18456-washwatch-an-information-hub-and-accountability-platform-for-water-sanitation-and-hygiene#21025 Thanks for replying so quickly! I totally agree with you, stay with the British convention of dot and comma (i.e. using the comma for thousand separator). I just pointed out that people from other countries might get confused (like I did). So if you can come up with a smart way of making it double clear, that would be great.
The 36.450 x 1000 can be confusing as we found out. Let us know what you come up with, I look forward to it.
(good example how Wikipedia helps to spread information; I had never really looked at the WASHWatch page for the U.S. until I saw the data inserted into the Wikipedia article...)

By the way, today I saw on twitter a map by WASHFunders:
twitter.com/WASHfunders/status/845733311532220416

Check out our new funding map and see who's funding what, where in the #WASH sector: washfunders.org/funding-map/


Is that complimentary or the sams as what people could find on WASHWatch?

Regards,
Elisabeth

P.S.

Regarding the figures for the U.S.:
So I had interpreted it wrongly, it's only 36000 not 36 million in the U.S. with unimproved sanitation.
It's actually strange in itself could you comment here in the other thread about it if you happen to know anything more about it?:
forum.susana.org/component/kunena/181-hu...and-sanitation#21009

It seems strange to me now that the figure in Germany in absolute terms is 10 times higher than in the U.S. I guess it's hard to define this exactly for developed countries.
But that other article spoke of 500,000 households (not people but households!) in the U.S. without access to improved water and sanitation.]]>
Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:28:28 +0000
Re: ~500,000 households in the U.S.A. lack adequate water and sanitation - by: AmyKeegan http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/183-monitoring-and-evaluation-mae/19158-500000-households-in-the-usa-lack-adequate-water-and-sanitation#21023 http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/183-monitoring-and-evaluation-mae/19158-500000-households-in-the-usa-lack-adequate-water-and-sanitation#21023
Just to clear up some questions from WASHwatch - there has been a bit of confusion as to how we portray our access figures due to differences in . & ,
The actual access figures from the Joint Monitoring Programme by WHO & UNICEF are
US Lack access to improved water: 2 686 000
US Lack access to improved sanitation: 36 110
Germany Lack access to improved water: 0
Germany Lack access to improved sanitation: 644 000

In response to this feedback we will be changing the way we portray the figures to clarify this. (We're also going back through the wikipedia pages now and making sure they are reflecting the correct figiures)

Hopefully this makes sense on the access figures.

Amy]]>
Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:19:24 +0000
Exploring how to address on-going taboos and silence around MHM for girls in school - by: marnisommer http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/282-theme-1-breaking-the-taboo-around-mhm/21022-exploring-how-to-address-on-going-taboos-and-silence-around-mhm-for-girls-in-school#21022 http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/282-theme-1-breaking-the-taboo-around-mhm/21022-exploring-how-to-address-on-going-taboos-and-silence-around-mhm-for-girls-in-school#21022 What are some approaches that have been used successfully or not successfully in different countries to explore the issue of menstruation for girls in school?

Identifying existing taboos and beliefs around menstruation within the larger society can be helpful. This may serve to guide the explorations that are done with girls themselves, and provide insights into why they may be more or less comfortable talking openly about menstruation, their knowledge about managing their monthly blood flow, and its impact on their school experiences. Who are the various people in a given country who might be able to provide such insights, and what are the best ways to approach them?

Older adolescent girls, those who are past the age of 15 and are more likely to have started menstruating already, may be less shy to talk about the changes that have been happening in their bodies, and may have good suggestions on how to assist younger girls who may be experiencing their first menstruation and navigating their school-going. What age groups and genders have organizations approached to identify solutions around MHM in schools?

Participatory methodologies can be an effective way to explore the topic of menstruation and its intersection with school environments in an empowering and safe way for girls. Knowing they are free to write or draw without their names being attached can help to increase an adolescent girls’ level of comfort with sharing such a personal experience. What are the research, program assessment or evaluation methods that have been used to explore this sensitive topi, and best understand girls’ experiences and assess if a given MHM intervention is meeting girls’ needs?

There are cultural beliefs and taboos around menstruation in almost every society in the world. Being respectful of the existence of such beliefs and taboos in each new context is essential for devising solutions together with girls to help overcome the silence they may experience around the topic, and the barriers that hinder interventions being implemented in their schools and communities. Engaging key stakeholders influencing girls’ school-going and their everyday lives is important so that collective solutions can be devised. How have organizations explored the cultural beliefs in girls’ families and communities that may impact their ability to manage menstruation with comfort and dignity?]]>
Theme 1: Breaking the taboo around MHM Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:16:14 +0000
Re: WASHwatch - A platform facilitating transparency in monitoring, availability of information and communication - by: AmyKeegan http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/183-monitoring-and-evaluation-mae/18456-washwatch-an-information-hub-and-accountability-platform-for-water-sanitation-and-hygiene#21019 http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/183-monitoring-and-evaluation-mae/18456-washwatch-an-information-hub-and-accountability-platform-for-water-sanitation-and-hygiene#21019
Thanks you for highlighting this confusion. The total figures for those without sanitation access in the US are 36,110. On WASHwatch we show this as 36.110 x1000 with using . as the decimal separator

This figure comes from the Joint Monitoring Programme WHO & UNICEF.

I would be hesitant to change the . for a , as they have the opposite meanings in other contexts.
I will however, change the way we portray all of our access figures to avoid these issues. This will be done by the beginning of next week.

Thanks,
Amy]]>
Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:51:18 +0000
Field Data Collection Intern; 4S project, CDD; Bangalore India - by: Marius http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/20-jobs-consultancies-internships/21018-field-data-collection-intern-4s-project-cdd-bangalore-india#21018 http://www.forum.susana.org/component/kunena/20-jobs-consultancies-internships/21018-field-data-collection-intern-4s-project-cdd-bangalore-india#21018 Duty station: Bangalore, India
Duration: 4 to 6 months
Start date: As soon as possible
Project: Small-Scale Sanitation Scaling-Up (4S)

We are looking for an intern to join our data collection field team in Bangalore for 4 months with possibility of extension of a few months.

Please find attached job description letter and project factsheet.

Interested?
Please contact Rohit Chandragiri at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and Marius Klinger at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ]]>
Jobs, consultancies, internships Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:06:11 +0000