Unclogging the Blockages in Sanitation



It was a seminal time for sanitation professionals to explore how to achieve better and faster results of public and private sector sanitation service delivery. Part of this is learning what others are doing and what they see and understand are the major barriers to move forward. Part is also seeing how is it possible to work better together in innovative ways that integrates community and market approaches and that branch across sectors and organizations.

Aims of the Conference: Group Therapy for the Sanitation Sector

The primary target audiences were the different partners that want to get shit flowing in sustainable sanitation work. This includes NGO, Business Development Services (BDS) partners, donors, UN agencies, development banks, local government and regulatory partners, MFIs, private sector partners, and social investors. There is a need to bring these groups together to share, reflect, and understand what the major constraints are to better and quicker progress and impact. This action exchange aimed to be a unique multi-stakeholder meeting to get to the bottom of important challenges and grow ideas for Unclogging the Blockages.

Conference Themes: The Action Exchange

Unclogging the Blockages is about action. The action exchange was organized according to several themes (several are listed below) with experts from each of these subject areas presenting and leading small group discussions with their peers on what are the main challenges and barriers for moving forward. After these initial discussions, the challenges were be presented to larger mixed groups and a facilitated discussion took place to find solutions. These discussions were also oriented towards skill and knowledge transfer for the uninitiated. Participants left the meeting with specific action plans and ideas to test.

  • Starting Social Enterprises in Sanitation
  • Linking CLTS with Sanitation as a Business
  • Systems and Tools for Direct Sales
  • Business Development Services and Accelerators
  • Social and Commercial Sanitation Investment
  • Micro Finance and Effective Sanitation Financial Products
  • Technology, R&D, Product Development, and Supply Chain
  • Public Sector Roles
  • Monitoring and Data Sharing
  • Health and Hygiene
  • Urban Tools
  • Fecal Sludge and Solid Waste Management
  • Reuse and Energy

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Final Report of the Conference (pdf) • Size: 1.63 MB

Unclogging the Blockages Workshop Programme (pdf) • Size: 0.51 MB

Invitation Letter by IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, PSI, WSUP Enterprises, and Water For People (pdf) • Size: 0.11 MB

Speech by Water for People (pdf) • Size: 0.22 MB

Speech by Minister of Health (pdf) • Size: 0.31 MB

Overview Sanitation and Hygiene Uganda (ppt) • Size: 1.9 MB

WSUP Info (pptx) • Size: 1.67 MB

5 Myths about Sanitation (pptx) • Size: 2.58 MB

Human Centred Design (pptx) • Size: 0.68 MB

PYXERA Organisation Overview (pptx) • Size: 7.31 MB

Johnson & Johnson (pptx) • Size: 11.61 MB

WSP - Tapping the Market (ppt) • Size: 1.52 MB

Water Credit Initiative (pdf) • Size: 3.21 MB

Water Credit Initiative Info (pdf) • Size: 0.09 MB

Angels Hub (pdf) • Size: 0.46 MB

Clean Team (pdf) • Size: 1.13 MB

TEECs Microfinance (pdf) • Size: 0.79 MB

ACUMEN (pptx) • Size: 0.26 MB

PLAN Malawi (ppt) • Size: 0.76 MB

Public Sector (pptx) • Size: 0.83 MB

Links to external websites

The Lancet: Uganda's struggle with schistosomiasis

Aljazeera America: Nature calls: Kampala’s overflowing toilets

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