Resource Archive – 2017

An Assessment of Small-Scale STP Technologies: India

Author: STeP
Country of focus: India
Published: May 2017

Brief description:

Partners aiming to commercialize and launch novel sanitation technologies will likely wish to understand the current technology landscape. This study undertook a secondary data search for small-scale STP technologies (MBBRs, SBRs, MBRs) to provide background and context around existing STP solutions in India. The same stakeholders and potential customer segments for the small-scale STPs (e.g. building owners, developers, contractors) in India are relevant for MURTs.

User Insights from a Multi Unit Reinvented Toilet (MURT) Field Trial

STeP or Partner: STeP
Country of focus: India
Published date: January 2017

Brief description:

From 2015-16, a multi-unit reinvented toilet (MURT) that processed blackwater from 15-20 users was installed in an apartment building. The system operated in a closed loop, whereby treated water was reused in the flushing process. This resource synthesizes interviews with users before and after the field test, and highlights key insights that can inform go-to-market strategy for MURT developers.

Key topics

  • User Study

Stakeholder perspectives: Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal

Author: STeP
Country of focus: Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal
Published: January 2017

Brief description:

This small qualitative research effort was conducted to assess stakeholder perspectives and build context around sanitation, new technologies, and water, among others in selecting cities of Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, and Senegal. This work has been used to inform a series of qualitative and quantitative market research studies to define the value proposition of the RT for different customer segments in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Cost and Revenue Data To Inform Sanitation System Economics

Author: STeP
Country of focus: Global (28 low and middle income countries)
Published: 2017

Brief description:

As partners build technologies, devise business models, and develop market launch strategies, they may seek additional economic data to support financial analysis and strategic decision making. This resource catalogues key cost and revenue drivers in 28 low and middle income countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

A Conceptual Model of Women and Girls’ Empowerment

Author: BMGF and Royal Tropical Institute of the Netherlands (KIT)
Country of focus: Global
Published: 2017

Brief description:

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is taking an intentional approach to investing in the empowerment of women and girls. This investment aims to achieve greater gender equality, lead to better health and development outcomes, and avoid harmful unintended consequences. However, many programs that aim to benefit women and girls do not ultimately empower them, and may in fact reinforce their lack of power. A focus on empowerment requires a shift away from seeing women and girls as beneficiaries of programs to viewing them as agents of change. The aim of this conceptual model is not to reinvent the concept of women and girls’ empowerment, but rather to draw on decades of thought, program work, evidence, and learning to ensure that we approach our work on women and girls’ empowerment with clarify and consistency. This brief presents the BMGF model of women and girls’ empowerment, developed in partnership with the Gender Team at the Royal Tropical Institute of the Netherlands (KIT).

Cost and Revenue Driver Data to Inform Sanitation System Economics

Author: STeP
Country of focus: Global
Published: 2017

Brief description:

As partners build technologies, devise business models, and develop market launch strategies, they may seek additional economic data to support financial analysis and strategic decision making. This resource catalogues key cost and revenue drivers in 28 low and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. This dataset is for users analyzing sanitation system economics, undertaking system design and business planning activities.