The Sarphati Sanitation Award is a biennial international award honouring the outstanding contribution of an individual or organisation to the global sanitation and public health challenge through entrepreneurship.
The first Sarphati Sanitation Award will be presented on 5 November 2013 during the International Water Week in Amsterdam. The winner will receive a a figurine designed by the Dutch artist Marte Röling and a cash prize of 50,000 euros (US$ 65,000), sponsored by World Waternet and Aqua for All.
Samuel Sarphati (1813–66) was a Dutch general practitioner and a pioneering public health and sanitation entrepreneur. Sarphati helped to eradicate cholera from Amsterdam before the end of the 19th century. His various initiatives included a refuse collection service and a bread factory. In 1847, Sarphati set up a a company that collected and transformed the human waste into manure for the agricultural sector.
The Sarphati nominees will be judged according to five criteria:
- an outstanding track record in the field of sanitation
- inspiring new generations to become involved in finding sustainable solutions to sanitation
- proven experience in linking different partners from the public and the private sector to improve sanitation
- contributions to ground-breaking entrepreneurial and multi-sectoral innovations in the field of sanitation related to public health
- (expected) contributions to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
Nomination deadline: 15 September 2013
Download Nomination Form and Guidelines