Next to the FSM4 Conference several side events and meetings will take place. Please find those in the following.
As soon as we receive further information about rooms, participants and times, we will add those here.

Friday, February 17, 2017

SuSanA WG Meeting and Open Exchange Forum (half day)

  • SuSanA WG 7 Meeting on WASH in Schools
  • Open Exchange Forum
  • Short input presentations from SuSanA partners active in India

Further further information can be found here.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

23rd SuSanA Meeting at IIT Madras
everybody is welcome - please register in advance!

  • Introduction of the new SuSanA vision paper 
  • Panel Discussion on the political drive towards sustainable sanitation in India 
  • Planning and Implementation of Urban Sanitation in India
  • Knowledge sharing in the (Indian) sanitation sector

Further further information can be found here.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Africa Day Workshop on FSM at ITC Grand Chola, room Kaveri 2&3

To celebrate achievements in innovation in Faecal Sludge Management on the African continent, the Water Research Commission (WRC) is hosting an African Day on Faecal Sludge Management with funding support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through the Sanitation Research Fund for Africa (SRFA) Programme. The workshop will be held on Sunday, 19th February 2017 from 10:00 to 16:00 and will before the start of FSM4 Conference.

The objectives of the Africa Day workshop is to highlight recent advances in R&D in sanitation on the African continent, as well as good practices and innovation. The workshop will include solutions applied at demonstration-scale. It thus represents an opportunity for the community of practice to learn from advances in sanitation technology based on evidence-based research and applied at scale. The workshop will serve the following purposes:

  • Showcase R&D activities on the African continent towards developing better knowledge products.
  • Showcase gap technologies applied at demonstration-scale. The novel technologies focus on sustainability, practicality (ease of use), economic          considerations and user acceptance.
  • How to deal with city expansion and rapid urbanization.
  • Highlight inter-departmental government co-operative strategies with regards to achieving sanitation through innovative approaches.
  • To have a discussion on practical technology and business models for FSM in Africa that are ready to be scaled up.

Who should attend?

This session will be open to all delegates attending the FSM4. However, one has to sign up to enable the organisers plan for logistics and the venue.  A total of 40 -60 participants are expected to attend.

Afternoon Session:  Sanitation Expert Panel Discussion with some of the innovators, scientists, city planners who have developed FSM innovations for Africa.

Monday, February 20, 2017

SaniNation: Replicating promising treatment, reuse and resource recovery FSM businesses to India. Business Showcase and Matchmaking Session.

February 20, 5:30 - 9 pm, Kaveri 2&3, ITC Grand Chola

This session is aimed at businesses that are interested in expanding into the FSM space in India. Enviu, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (the foundation) will profile global treatment, reuse and resource recovery-based business models during this session. They are looking for expressions of interest from local businesses, entrepreneurs and governments.

Enviu, IWMI and the foundation are organizing an interactive Business Showcase and Matchmaking Session to be held during FSM4. The session aims to connect international businesses working in treatment, reuse and resource recovery of fecal sludge, who are looking to expand to India, with India-based businesses and organizations which have an interest in exploring and/or diversifying into fecal sludge management. The objective of the session is to demonstrate the business opportunity, match international businesses with local partners, and provide a broad framework for the parties to work together. FSM4 presents the ideal venue for all parties involved to sit across the table and actively explore potential partnerships to pioneer innovative market solutions related to treatment of fecal sludge and converting it to viable by-products in India. This session is organized as part of SaniNation - a multiyear program led by Enviu with the goal to build viable and scalable social enterprises in India related to treatment, reuse and resource recovery of fecal sludge.

The event is by invitation only. If you have not received an invitation but would like to attend, please write to Katarina Dudzakova (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) latest by 3 Feb 2017 with a short bio outlining your interest.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Practical Action South Asia Regional Office:  Opportunities and Challenges of FSM in South Asia – Bangladesh, India and Nepal 

February 22, 17:30 - 18:00, Kaveri 2&3, ITC Grand Chola

Mostly on-site sanitation facilities are being promoted to increase access to sanitation and it is estimated that around 2.7 billion people use any means of on-site sanitation. The current trend is focused on achieving Open Defecation Free (ODF), but (often neglected) limited attention and efforts are being made to manage fecal sludge generated from the on-site sanitation facilities (e.g. septage and pit latrine sludge). Fecal Sludge Management (FSM) is an indispensable part of the maintenance of the on-site sanitation facilities and lack of proper FSM can have significant health and environmental implications.

FSM is gaining recognition and importance in South Asia, particularly, Bangladesh, India and Nepal. Efforts are being made to develop national policies and regulatory frameworks to address the FSM challenges and proper management. Demonstration of small scale FSM to piloting of city-wide planning and implementation of FSM are being tried out in these countries.

The proposed side event envisages informing the participants on opportunities and challenges of FSM in Bangladesh, India and Nepal. There will be three short presentations:

·       Opportunities and Challenges of FSM in Bangladesh – Uttam Saha (around 5 minutes);

·       Opportunities and Challenges of FSM in India – Birupakshya Dixit (around 5 minutes);

·       Opportunities and Challenges of FSM in Nepal – Shirish Singh (around 5 minutes);

Followed by open discussion on the topic (around 15 minutes);

Light refreshment – tea/coffee/cookies will be made available during the start of the side-event.

Contact person: Shirish Singh: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or Prajwal Shrestha This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • _Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • _Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • _BORDA
  • _Consortium for DEWATS Dissemination Society
  • _Eawag-Sandec
  • _GIZ
  • _Indian Institute for Human Settlement
  • _Indian Institute of Technology Madras
  • _Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India
  • _Municipal Administration & Water Supply, Government of Tamil Nadu
  • _National Insitute of Urban Affairs
  • _Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA)
  • _University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • _Water Research Commission
  • _World Bank-WSP