Category Archives: Economic Benefits

Sept 26, 2018 Webinar on Designing Effective Sanitation Enterprises

Webinar on Designing Effective Sanitation Enterprises

  • Date: September 26, 2018
  • Time: 8–9:30 a.m. EDT (New York time)

The USAID-funded Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Partnerships and Learning for Sustainability (WASHPaLS) Project invites you to a presentation and discussion on sanitation enterprises and design considerations. webinar

This webinar will examine the elements of a sanitation enterprise, including mechanisms and practices, design approaches, and key considerations based on the findings of a recent WASHPaLS desk review, Scaling Market-Based Sanitation: Desk Review on Market-Based Rural Sanitation Development Programs.

The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with Anddy Omoluabiand Nneka Akwunwa, WaterAid Nigeria; Geoff Revell, WaterSHED Cambodia; Sanjay Singh, PSI India; and Rishi Agarwal, FSG.

Click on the link to register.

Strengthening the business case for water, sanitation and hygiene: how to measure value for your business – WaterAid

Strengthening the business case for water, sanitation and hygiene – how to measure value for your business. WaterAid, August 2018.

In response to the challenge of quantifying the business benefits, WaterAid, Diageo, GAP Inc., and Unilever have worked with PwC and ODI to develop a practical, step-by-step guide. WASH business case_infographic.jpg

The guide will help companies understand the business value of their WASH investments and calculate their financial return on investment (ROI).

It is aimed at companies who are likely to have an established WASH programme and want to evidence the financial benefits of their WASH interventions. This may be to:

  1. Strengthen the internal case for future investment.
  2. Work with suppliers to scale up WASH programmes.
  3. Generate more business case data, which can be shared in a consistent format and used to catalyse action across the business community.

What can you do?

This guide provides an opportunity for progressive companies to take a lead, showcasing the incentives for business investment on WASH while catalysing action. WaterAid, Diageo, GAP Inc., and Unilever call on companies to use the guide and, most importantly, share the data they generate, and their learnings, with WaterAid.

SWaCH, the success story of waste pickers in Pune

Waste pickers: the invisible heroes of Sao Paulo

Money from waste? Revamp your view on sanitation

Money from waste? Revamp your view on sanitation. Water Blog, July 2018.

As an undergraduate student in Kampala, my head was full of thoughts about how I was going to make a living after my studies. Back then Rich Dad Poor Dad was still a best-seller, and I thought to myself: I can become a billionaire if I sell a billion of something to a billion people. Needless to say, it would have to be something that anyone can afford, like toothpaste or chewing gum. uganda.jpg

So, I wondered, what does every human need? It dawned on me: everyone needs water, food, and energy, every day. The next question was how I could make valuable goods from all the three as a civil engineer.

A fascination with sanitation

Over the course of my studies, I became interested in the intimate connections between water, food, and energy. I learnt about the water and nutrient cycles, and how we can recover resources from waste and use them to fertilize crops and generate energy.

Looking at the supply side, each of us generates about 1.5 litres of excreta daily – all together, a huge amount of waste. We can, of course, flush it down the drain and into our rivers, lakes, and oceans; or we can turn our pee and poo into valuable resources, like power and protein.

Read the complete article.

 

Webinar: A Review of Market-Based Rural Sanitation Development Programs

Webinar: A Review of Market-Based Rural Sanitation Development Programs

The USAID-funded Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Partnerships and Learning for Sustainability (WASHPaLS) project presented an analysis on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 of market-based sanitation (MBS). washpals-webinar-10july-12july-2018

The webinar is based on a recently released desk review: Scaling Market-Based Sanitation: Desk Review on Market-Based Rural Sanitation Development Programs. WASHPaLS presented results from a broad survey of MBS programs; a novel framework for understanding barriers to scale; and preliminary recommendations for implementers, funders, and governments.

For more information visit the announcement page.

USAID  Desk Review on Market-Based Rural Sanitation Development Programs

Below is the link to the release of a new USAID desk review prepared under the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Partnerships and Learning for Sustainability (WASHPaLS):

 Desk Review on Market-Based Rural Sanitation Development Programs.

 The USAID/WASHPaLS project prepared a desk review that investigates the current state of knowledge in market-based sanitation (MBS) and establishes a framework to analyze, design, and improve MBS interventions. This report is based on a survey of approximately 600 documents on MBS, in-depth research into 13 MBS intervention case studies across the global south, and interviews with sector experts and program personnel. usaidlogo

This review offers a framework that draws upon and contributes to existing evidence across the three crucial challenges to scaling MBS—appropriate product and business model choices, viability of sanitation enterprises, and difficulty of unlocking public and private financing for sanitation. It also helps funders and implementers design, analyze, and improve MBS interventions and offers guidance for stakeholders and governments interested in using sanitation markets to expand sanitation coverage and reduce open defecation. In addition, this review highlights the larger contextual parameters that determine the applicability of MBS within a given market.

This review was made possible by contributions from Rishi Agarwal, Subhash Chennuri, and Aaron Mihaly (FSG); Dr. Jeff Albert (Aquaya); Dr. Mimi Jenkins (University of California, Davis); Morris Israel (Tetra Tech); Hannah Taukobong (Iris Group, Inc.); Elizabeth Jordan and Jesse Shapiro (USAID); and others.