Activating the urban on site sanitation market with new technology

2012 - 2016 • WSUP (Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor), (DFID co-funded)

Purpose

The project will prime the market in four cities in Africa and South Asia for the rapid uptake of sanitation services and create the enabling environment for the market based scale-up of new and innovative sanitation options.

Activities

This grant will support a four year program aimed at using new sanitation technologies to activate and expand the sanitation market in four cities in Africa and South Asia. Last year, the Foundation put sanitation on the map when it issued a challenge to design toilets that can capture and process human waste without piped water, sewer or electrical connections, and transform human waste into useful resources, such as energy and water, at an affordable price. WSUP believes that great technology is only the beginning. For technology to translate into improved services, we need a deep understanding of the users and markets in which the technology will operate, as we need supportive and strong local institutions. The project will prime the market for the rapid uptake of sanitation services and create the right environment for the market based scale-up of new and innovative sanitation options and service models which will make a significant contribution to the growing challenge of urban sanitation.

Countries of activity

Location of main activity

Objectives

The program has four sub objectives:
1. Establish a technology-independent working value chain and a supportive institutional environment
2. To utilise new designs of latrine to activate the on-site sanitation market at city scale in Rangpur, Bangladesh & a secondary town in the Rift Valley, Kenya (TBC in design phase)
3. To utilise new pit emptying technology to activate the on-site sanitation market at city scale in Lusaka, Zambia
4. To utilise a new sludge treatment process, from the Foundation's pipeline, or elsewhere, to activate the on-site sanitation market at city scale in Kumasi, Ghana

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Asia & Pacific Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Cities Emptying and transport (non sewered) Enabling environment and institutional strengthening Faecal sludge treatment processes International NGO Market development Operation, maintenance and sustainable services Political processes and institutional aspects Public awareness, advocacy and civil society engagement Specific to one or several countries Sub-Saharan Africa Technology comparisons Toilets or urinals (user interface) Treatment of faecal sludge Urban informal settlements (slums)

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Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor
London
United Kingdom


In the next 5 seconds, the world’s urban population will increase by 10 people, and they all need decent water and sanitation. This puts huge pressure on city service agencies. In response, we focus on developing commercially viable models to help water utilities and municipal authorities reach all citizens in their city with improved water and sanitation. As a multi-sector partnership, we offer a creative package of expertise from private sector, NGOs and academia to achieve this. Our mission is to improve the lives of the urban poor in developing countries by strengthening the capacity of service providers and others to provide sustainable water and sanitation services, promote good hygiene and raise the health and environmental standards of the community.

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