STeP Updates

Feedstock Adequacy for a 2-Engine J-OP in One Indian City: Findings from a Multifunctional Study in Tiruppur, India

Prior to designing and installing a fecal sludge treatment system (whether an Omni Processor [OP] or a fecal sludge treatment plant [FSTP]), it is important to gain an understanding of your fecal sludge management (FSM) reliant population, including the volumes of FS and mass of dry solids they generate. STeP, along with local partner Athena Infonomics, conducted a 3-part study between November 2017 and March 2018 to better understand the FSM reliant population residing within a 20 km radius of a potential OP site in Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu. The study aimed to (a) understand household characteristics and FSM behaviors; (b) quantify the volume of FS generated in the 20-km catchment area; and (c) evaluate the energetic properties and total solids content of the FS collected in Tiruppur. Based on measured FS accumulation, total solids and energetic value, there is close to sufficient feedstock to supply a 2-engine J-OP within a 20 km radius of the proposed site in Tiruppur, equating to a fecal sludge management (FSM) population of approximately 1 million people.

Key topics:

  • Fecal sludge accumulation and volume
  • Household characteristics and FSM behavior
  • Calorific value and total solids (TS) content of FS
  • Optimal size J-OP

Gender in Sanitation: A Resource for Commercial Partners

This resource aims to provide readers with a guide to integrating a gender lens into sanitation solutions, including technology, policy, and others. Readers should expect to come away with: An understanding of how gender influences sanitation and the resulting impacts of sanitation on gender-related outcomes; working knowledge of the language and terminology used in gender and sanitation; gender-related elements to keep in mind when designing sanitation solutions and go-to-market strategies; examples of what can go wrong when gender is not considered in sanitation solutions; and a path forward to integrating a gender lens into sanitation solutions.

Key topics:

  • Overview of gender and sanitation
  • Gender vocabulary
  • Gender influences across the sanitation value chain
  • What does this mean for Commercial Partners?

South Africa: Municipal Sanitation

This study from SP Investment Holdings focuses on the Reinvented Toilet (RT) sanitation landscape for South African municipalities. The report provides nine key recommendations for sanitation technology innovators considering the South African market and highlights eight key factors municipalities consider when procuring new sanitation technologies. Insights are driven by qualitative interviews and data at both national and municipal levels. Readers can apply these insights to tailor design and go-to-market strategy for your sanitation technology to the South African context. A data-rich annex provides readers with a deeper understanding of the demographics and sanitation technology experiences of 23 South African municipalities.

Key topics:

  • State of sanitation services and technology innovations in South Africa
  • Sanitation technology procurement by municipalities
  • National and municipal legal frameworks governing sanitation

Operation & Maintenance of Community and Public Toilets in India

This brief provides readers with an update on the operations and maintenance aspects of community and public toilets in India.

Key topics:

  • Management models for community and public toilets
  • Community and public toilet stakeholders and decision making
  • Cleaning products used in community and public toilets

Announcing the 2019 STeP Webinar Series!

Join STeP for a webinar on our recently published Sanitation Technology Funder Landscape report, Tuesday, April 9th from 9:00 am – 10:30 am EDT. Learn more and register for the free webinar at this link:

India: Market Insights for the Omni Processor – Landscape Report

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.

Key topics:

  • Sanitation coverage
  • Finance landscape
  • Technology procurement
  • Business models

New Voiceover Recording Available: Market Insights for the Reinvented Toilet: India

A new slideshow-style voiceover recording has been produced for the FSG market insights study for the RT in India. This recording aims to help orient readers to the document, explain key concepts and insights, and point readers toward additional relevant information. This FSG study focused on the market opportunity in India looking primarily through the lens of the two RT categories separately: single use RT (SURT) and multi-use RT (MURT). The study focuses on the unique characteristics of each SURT and MURT customer segment including describing the mental context, buying process for a toilet, spend on analogous products and services, and which features of an RT is valued most. The study utilized a combination of expert interviews, secondary research, and synthesis along with consumer insight interviews conducted across Lucknow, Patna, Pune, and Coimbatore.

Key Topics:

  • Stakeholder map
  • Market understanding for the SURT
  • Market understanding for the MURT
  • Market understanding of public sector constructions

New Report Available for Download: Business Model Insights for Community and Public Toilets in India

In India, despite increased government investment and private- and civil-sector engagement, ample room for improvement in community and public toilet (CPT) quality and service delivery still exists. Sparse evidence of sustainable CPT business models limits the sector’s knowledge of how business model innovation could transform the future of CPTs in India. Multiple organizations — five of which are featured in this report — are actively innovating their business models to address persistent challenges. Case studies from other sectors – including water, renewable energy, and agriculture – show how similar challenges are being tackled with business model innovations for other base-of-pyramid markets. These organizational examples offer important lessons and inspiration for the sanitation sector in India and other contexts that rely heavily on shared sanitation infrastructure.

Key Topics:

  • Base-of-pyramid markets
  • Community and public toilet (CPT) market
  • CPT business model innovations
  • Business model innovations from other sectors