Supporting sustainable sanitation improvements in Bihar through supply-side strengthening (3SI)

2012 - 2017 • PSI

Purpose

Increase access to and use of improved sanitation facilities and services and establish a sustainable, market-based supply chain for sanitation products and services in Bihar, India

Activities

In 2012, with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, PSI launched 3SI: Supporting Sustainable Sanitation Improvements in Bihar, India. PSI with support from partners Monitor-Deloitte, PATH and Water For People is taking key steps towards improving sanitation access in Bihar by addressing constraints in supply and demand in order to build sustainable markets for sanitation. Activities include: innovating from existing toilet designs to drive down the cost while still meeting consumer needs and preferences (work led by PATH), building the capacity of local entrepreneurs to run effective toilet businesses, providing both households and businesses access to financing to facilitate investment in sanitation through advocacy with local partners as well as training and support to loan officers to sell sanitation loans, exploring products and services such as pump trucks and tiger worms for the safe removal, transport and treatment of the human waste from both pit latrines and septic tanks and coordinating all of these activities with a variety of sector actors such as government, service providers, producers and finance providers such as local and nation microfinance institutions (MFIs).

Goal:
Increase access to and use of improved sanitation facilities and services and establish a sustainable, market-based supply chain for sanitation products and services.

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Location of main activity

Objectives

1) Develop and support sustainable business models for increasing supply of sanitation products and services through the private sector; and,

2) Increase demand for improved sanitation products and services offered by the private sector.

Further information

Research or implementation partners:
PATH (Product Innovations throughout Project), Monitor-Deloitte (In-depth Market Research and Business Model Design), Water For People (Initial Product Technical Support)

This grant was part of the "Building Demand for Sanitation" (BDS) portfolio of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The former name of PSI was Population Services International - now it is just PSI.

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Asia & Pacific Behaviour change Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Capacity development Emptying and transport (non sewered) Enabling environment and institutional strengthening Faecal sludge treatment processes India International NGO Market development Operation, maintenance and sustainable services Peri-urban Political processes and institutional aspects Practitioners Public awareness, advocacy and civil society engagement Rural Specific to one or several countries Toilets or urinals (user interface)

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PSI is a leading global health organization with programs targeting malaria, child survival, HIV and reproductive health. Working in partnership within the public and private sectors, and harnessing the power of the markets, PSI provides life-saving products, clinical services and behavior change communications that empower the world's most vulnerable populations to lead healthier lives. The former name of PSI was "Population Services International" but now it is just PSI.

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