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Briefing: 5th South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN V)

The fifth South Asian Conference on Sanitation will be hosted by Nepal  from 22-24 October 2013 in Kathmandu with the theme 'Sanitation for All: All for Sanitation'. 


Heads of delegation from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will join other delegates from government, UN agencies, civil society and the private sector to once again discuss the sanitation challenge facing the region. 


Here's a break down of how FANSA will be involved in and around the conference:


Civil society meeting, 20 October
FANSA is coordinating a grassroots voices and community leaders session at this meeting designed to orientate civil society members around the conference.


SACOSAN V public launch, 21 October
FAN Nepal Convenor Lajana Manandhar will be raising the grassroots voice at the SACOSAN V public launch in Bhaktapur

22 October

  • Conference opening - FANSA Convenor Murali Ramisetty will raise the voice of civil society in the official opening session of the conference.
  • Traffic lights report presentation - FANSA will present its traffic lights paper monitoring progress against government commitments on sanitation in the region.

23 October

Thematic focus session: reaching the unreached
FANSA will present the recommendations of its equity and inclusion study and screen a film in this session exploring factors inhibiting people's access to sanitation.

24 October

  • Thematic focus session: Urban sanitation
    FANSA will present the recommendations of its urban sanitation study in this session exploring the condition of sanitation in urban areas in the context of increasing urbanization.
  • Side event: Is integrity an issue for better sanitation services?
    FANSA, Helvetas and WIN are coordinating this side event which will attempt to understand whether a lack of integrity is a major obstacle for achieving sanitation goals in South Asia through from various South Asian perspectives
  • Panel discussion with grassroots Community leaders
    FAN South Asia will be represented on the panel of this community leaders/grassroots voices session.
  • Ministerial declaration drafting committee
    Murali Ramisetty is working as a member of the ministerial declaration committee.
  • Ministers' meeting
    Two FANSA representatives will take part in the Ministers' meeting.

25/26 October

SACOSAN V follow up meeting of the South Asia Regional Campaign coordination team.


To highlight the reality of sanitation provision on the ground in South Asia, FANSA is producing a number of reports to inform discussions at the conference:
  • Equity and inclusion in South Asia - Recommendations for targeting vulnerable groups in sanitation provision in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
  • Urban sanitation in South Asia - Solutions for tackling the challenges of urban sanitation in South Asia
  • Traffic lights paper
FANSA will also be raising awareness of its work and the work of its members throughout the week at its exhibition stall.

FANSA member participation

The following FANSA members will be attending the conference:


Mohammad Yakub Hossain, Convenor FANSA Bangladesh

Jahanara Begum Shapna, member FANSA Bangladesh

Joseph Halder, member, FANSA Bangladesh



Murali Ramisetty, Regional Convenor, FANSA

Dr Seetharam MR, FANSA India Convenor

Nafisa Barot, FANSA India member

Siddhartha Das, Regional Coordinator, FANSA

A Venkatesh, GTF Coordinator, FANSA




Lajana Manandhar, FAN Nepal Convenor

Dr Suman Shakya, Executive Director, ENPHO

Rajendra Aryal, President, FEDWASUN

Umesh Pandey, Director, NEWAH

Anil Sthapit, Director, GUTHI

Prakash Amatya,Regional Comm. Coordinator, FANSA



Ikhtair Khaskhely, member, FANSA Pakistan

Baseerat Naz, Steering Committee KP province


Sri Lanka

Dilena Pathragoda, FANSA Sri Lanka

Nadira Gunathilake, Journalist


Also attending:


FAN Global

Marc Faux, FAN Consortium Coordinator


End Water Poverty

Esmee Russell, International Campaign Coordinator