Resource Archive – 2018

Gender and the Sanitation Value Chain: A Review of the Evidence

Author: Partner
Country of focus: Global
Published: December 2018

Brief description:

Gender matters in sanitation. Emerging evidence shows that gender differences and dynamics along the sanitation value chain can influence people’s access to sanitation as well as their health, development, and empowerment, especially for the most vulnerable. Beyond biological differences between men and women, cultural practices, beliefs, and gendered social norms lead to disparities in men’s and women’s access to sanitation facilities, influence roles and responsibilities in the household, and affect decision-making power. Building on existing momentum and meaningfully applying a gender lens across the sanitation value chain can considerably improve sanitation outcomes. This report provides a review of the current evidence available on gender in sanitation and concludes with key learnings to help advance research and understanding.

Sanitation Technology Funder Landscape

Author: STeP
Country of focus: Bangladesh, India, South Africa, Global
Published: October 2018

Brief description:

Resources to validate new sanitation technologies and prepare for market entry – prerequisites for achieving sustainable, scaled solutions – tend to be quite scarce compared to those available to scale proven solutions. As such, a problematic ‘Pioneer Gap’ exists. This funder landscape seeks to both clarify the ‘Pioneer Gap’ and point readers to potential funding and other resources poised to help fill this problematic gap. Two promising forms of funding are explored in detail: catalytic philanthropy and blended finance leveraging impact investment. A corresponding database highlights potential ‘Pioneer Gap’ funders operating at a global level and in three key geographies – Bangladesh, India, and South Africa.

Of note: the information featured in the accompanying database was derived largely from secondary research. It should be treated as a starting point for further inquiry and be refined based on an organization’s particular goals, needs, and opportunities. For questions about the information provided, please contact Amanda Rose, STeP Market Readiness Lead, at arose@rti.org.

Transformative Sanitation Technology Directory

Author: STeP
Country of focus: Global
Published: October 2018

Brief description:

STeP updated the Transformative Sanitation Technology Directory in October 2018. This new, web-based database of technologies in the WSH TTC portfolios is organized by systems and components, displaying the key product and performance data, such as the data shared at the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing in November 2018. Use this tool to explore and understand the portfolio of WSH technology investments to find technologies of interest.

India: Market Insights for the Omni Processor

Author: Dalberg Advisors
Country of focus: India
Published: July 2018

Brief description:

India – Market Insights for the Omni Processor provides an in-depth look at the Omni Processor (OP) market opportunity in India. The study provides a detailed overview of the unique sanitation landscape of India, defines OP market segments and potential value propositions for key segments, and presents technical requirements an OP would need to meet to achieve the value proposition in each. The study also presents go-to-market recommendations inclusive of technical, commercial, and ecosystem considerations.

User Centered Design for Sanitation Technologies

Author: STeP, Duke University, Biomass Controls
Country of focus: Global, India
Published: June 2018

Brief description:

This research brief identifies toilet and sanitation technology preferences, amenities, and attributes influential in promoting adoption of improved sanitation technologies among potential user populations. Drawing on a 1,200 household survey and 60 focus groups conducted in low-income, urban communities of Gujarat, India, this work is focused on insights related to Reinvented Toilet (RT) systems. This work discusses potential barriers to toilet adoption and considerations for sanitation system design.

How to attract investment for a J-OP- conducting an investor’s meeting

Author: STeP; Dr. Apoorv Agarwal, Principal, Ingineering Innovation LLC; Jerry Hudson, Principal, Prosperity Innovations LLC
Country of focus: Global
Published: April 2018

Brief description:

Attracting investment will require capable and committed local partners as well as a compelling business case. Certain investors may also be highly motivated by positive impact for public health and for the environment. To stimulate investment in the commercial unit headed for Dakar, ONAS, along with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation convened an investors meeting in 2016. Explore when, why and how to conduct an investors’ meeting including: who to invite, what types of information you should be prepared to share and what outcomes to expect.

Senegal Water Markets Assessment

Author: STeP; AfriDev; Dr. Apoorv Agarwal, Principal, Ingineering Innovation LLC; Jerry Hudson, Principal, Prosperity Innovations LLC
Country of focus: Senegal
Published: April 2018

Brief description:

In 2016, AfriDev conducted a preliminary evaluation of three potential markets for water in Senegal. Evaluated markets include: drinking water, coolant and distilled water. This market assessment explores market size, current pricing as well as market trends.

India: Market Insights for the Omni Processor – Landscape Report

Author: Dalberg Advisors
Country of focus: India
Published: April 2018

Brief description:

A companion to the India – Market Insights for the Omni Processor Report, this Landscape Report provides an overview of the FSM landscape in India, with a focus on current sanitation coverage levels across the value chain, the financing landscape, technology procurement process, and common business models for FSM in India. Insights into the key drivers of gaps across the FSM value chain are provided, along with innovative approaches to bridge those gaps.

Valuing Byproducts

Author: STeP
Country of focus: Global
Published: March 2018

Brief description:

The value of byproducts produced by a sanitation technology can have a material impact on the technology’s economics. However, placing a value on a byproduct can be tricky. In the course of several projects, STeP and our partners have gained some experience that could be useful to others just starting out in this area. This brief note shares the experience STeP and partners have gained from evaluating system economics.