The sanitation challenge: Isn’t it time to break down the silo?

The sanitation challenge: Isn’t it time to break down the silo?

A Multi-Stakeholder Forum With Entrepreneurs, Policy makers, NGOs, Students and Academics


November 19, 2020
Meet the Champions of the Next Generation of Sanitation and Waste Management Technologies

With respect to sanitation, while the world as a whole is on track for meeting the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 6) with respect to water, there is a clear delay in terms of reaching the sanitation target. Since 2015, around 500 million low cost toilets have been diffused, but still about 2 billion people have to respond to the call of nature in the open daily, because of lack of access to a functioning toilet. Furthermore, because of ill constructed low cost latrines, some scholars note an increase in water contamination and incidence of diarrhoeal diseases.

How can we change this situation? For Friend In Need India (FIN) an NGO that functions as a teaching, training and action research laboratory, it is imminently clear that the solution does not lie in simply mobilizing finances to build another two billion toilets. First, we must get out of the silo mode and recognize the complementarity between water, sanitation, waste management and then gain engagement – from all economic players including citizens. Second, with climate change and dwindling water resources, it is imperative to transition towards circular models with respect to sanitation, water, waste management and citizen’s behaviour.

SITE4Society is founded on the belief that to solve societal challenges (e.g. COVID-19 pandemic), the mere existence or creation of science, innovation and technology is not enough. They must be combined with real engagement by multiple stakeholders such as policy makers, public agencies, firms and citizens to address them. 

To illustrate the above arguments, on World Toilet Day, we are thrilled to present our change makers: a sanitopreneur, three NGO members and two engaged policy makers. So register for our event and join the #Igiveashit community at: https://forms.gle/xcLYXmZRLdYNELzU7. Full brochures and reminders will be sent to registered participants. For queries, write to:  fin.wtd2020@gmail.com.

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