Where’s the New Frontier in Sanitation Service Provision?

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Date(s) - Dec 04, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

pin Society for International Development, Washington Chapter


Every year, the U.N. calls for increased awareness to address the challenges associated with sanitation services delivery through its World Toilet Day. In 2018, the World Toilet Day takes on the theme of “When Nature Calls” and seeks to convey progress toward meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) target 6.2 – access to basic sanitation services. A staggering 4.5 billion people do not have access to a safe toilet – 62.5% of the global population without improved sanitation.

Since 1990, the number of people gaining access to improved and safely-managed sanitation has risen from 54% to 68%. However as the urban population grows, cities are struggling to deliver safely-managed sanitation services. In rural areas, access to sanitation facilities has contributed to ending open defecation, but other factors affect open defecation-free conditions such as high maintenance and repair costs of latrines, poor latrine quality, and inconsistent facilitation and monitoring. There are, however, increasing opportunities for disruption to allow ‘leapfrog’ moments that rapidly increase access to safely-managed sanitation services through technology, software approaches and the economic value proposition of the sanitation management chain.

Through a moderated panel discussion, this event will seek to convey lessons around sanitation services delivery, in both urban and rural areas, and recognize how technological/non-technological innovations and a circular economy approach may close the gap to meet SDG6.2. The panel discussion will provide an overview of approaches that have worked, share field-based experiences, highlight ongoing technical solutions and policy lessons to deliver sanitation services, and identify opportunities for valuing by-products from effective sanitation treatment processes.

Please note that registration for this event will close at 4:00 PM on Monday, December 3rd.

To register, please visit: https://sidw.org/event-details/400

Joanes Legiste