Shaping the Sanitation Market with Product Innovations in Ghana

May 15, 2019  |  by ,

Over 10 million urban Ghanaians live with unimproved sanitation services or are openly defecating causing a severe public health concern according to WHO/UNICEF. The World Bank estimates that poor sanitation and hygiene in Ghana leads to $290 million in economic losses each year. While businesses are trying to address the sanitation crisis, they face several…

Building Long-Term Sanitation Solutions

May 13, 2019  |  by

Around the world, one in two people live in an urban area. And, between now and 2050, three countries—India, China, and Nigeria—are expected to account for 35 percent of the growth in the world’s urban population, with India adding the most to this, a projected 416 million urban dwellers. Managing human feacal waste in India…

Applying Human-Centred Design to Facilitate Hand-washing in Indonesia

April 23, 2019  |  by

This story was originally published by Asia P3 Hub. To view the original article, click here. By James Bourne I turned up in Indonesia not knowing what to expect, slightly daunted by the expectations of being the ‘expert engineer from England’. The project was innovative for all involved: for me, it was a first to…

How Design Decisions Affect the Usability of Sanitation Devices

April 18, 2019  |  by

This story was originally published by Engineering for Change. To view the original story, click here.  By Megan Richardson  Design decisions have created limitations in sanitation products for underserved communities. These decisions affect who uses the products, how they are best used and where. Most sanitation products aim to improve users’ health and comfort while…

Opportunities for market shaping in West and Central Africa

March 5, 2019  |  by

Last November UNICEF’s West and Central Africa Regional Office, Supply Division and WASH Programme Division convened a regional sanitation industry consultation in Abuja, Nigeria. The consultation brought together 100+ representatives from industry, financial institutions, governments and development partners. This blog is part of a series focused on the discussions held on market shaping – including…

SUSTAINABLE WASH FINANCE SERIES: Private Sector, Will You Dance?

January 22, 2019  |  by

This story is part of our article series on sustainable WASH finance and was originally published on the Toiletboard blog. To view the original story, click here.  By John Sauer With 2020 on the doorstep, the global sanitation “toilet” community is becoming all too aware that without significant, annual changes in progress, there will be no…

SUSTAINABLE WASH FINANCE SERIES: Blended Finance Beyond the Hype

January 3, 2019  |  by ,

This Conference Perspective from the OECD – GIZ Conference: Closing the gap for water in line with SDG ambitions: the role of blended finance, 4-5 October 2018, Eschborn, Germany is part of our article series on sustainable WASH finance. This story was originally published on IRC’s blog. To view the original post, click here. By…

SUSTAINABLE WASH FINANCE SERIES: Want to Build Human Capital? Invest in WASH

December 18, 2018  |  by

This story is part of our series on sustainable WASH finance. At the World Bank Group annual meeting of finance ministers, donors and civil society representatives in October one buzzword was present everywhere – ‘human capital’. Dan Jones, Advocacy Coordinator at WaterAid UK, argues that investing in water, sanitation and hygiene shouldn’t be overlooked. This story was…

SUSTAINABLE WASH FINANCE SERIES: Customers, Not Beneficiaries: Shifting Our perception of the Urban Poor and their Ability to Participate Financially in Water and Sanitation Service Delivery

December 7, 2018  |  by

By Kirk Anderson With nearly 1 billion people worldwide lacking access to clean water and more than 2 billion lacking access to a toilet, achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 (Access to clean water and sanitation for all people) is a monumental task. The world needs strategies and mechanisms that move us forward quickly and sustainably.…