Flushing Out Sanitation Market Failures

by Aprajita Singh, John Sauer and Bikas Sinha A third of the world’s population — 2.4 billion people — live without sanitation facilities. Not having access to even a basic toilet exposes millions of men, women, and children to risks of morbidity and mortality. During World Toilet Week, PSI is excited to announce its participation

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Celebrate World Toilet Week with PSI and Toilet Board Coalition

By John Sauer, Aprajita Singh, and Giovanni Dusabe, PSI Did you think how lucky you were today when you used the toilet? You probably didn’t but you should. You often only notice this habitual task when you have an urgent need and a restroom is nowhere to be found. Despite a toilet’s obvious value, 4.5

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From Bihar to Benin: Replicating Success to Increase Access to Sanitation

It is estimated that 2.3 billion people in the world today lack basic sanitation facilities such as toilets or latrines. Many of them have no choice but to defecate in the open, a practice that subjects women and children to shame, embarrassment and the risk of assault. The lack of access to sanitation globally contributes

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5 Ways to Improve Access to Sanitation

PSI representatives from Haiti, India and Washington, DC traveled to the UNC Water and Health Conference to present on its water and sanitation experiences and learn from other researchers and professionals. Much of the conference focused on what it will take to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6: access to safe water and sanitation. Although the

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Creating a Market for Better Sanitation Services in Abidjan

By Krisila Benson In Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire’s largest city, an estimated 720,000 have poor quality septic tanks that overflow at least twice per year, exposing residents to dangerous pathogens that cause a variety of diseases. Moreover, when a septic tank reaches its capacity, the connected toilets can no longer be used, thus forcing residents to

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PSI Celebrates World Water Week

In honor of this year’s World Water Week (August 27-September 1), PSI joins experts, practitioners, policymakers, business innovators and young professionals from all over the world in Stockholm, Sweden, to discuss the most pressing water-related challenges of today. If you’re at #WWWeek Conference, join PSI and partner organizations Dasra and iDE for an informative side

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The Neighborhood Toilet Champion

By Annie Davies, Chief of Staff, PSI “The waste water was always coming out of my compound and into the street!” exclaims Monsieur Theodore Danho, a landlord in the crowded capital city of Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire.  Danho was frustrated. Like most compounds in Abidjan, Danho’s tenants live in separate family units but share certain facilities,

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Webinar: Developing Markets for Sanitation

PSI recently participated in a webinar, alongside the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), focused on developing markets for sanitation products and services. Drawing largely from PSI’s Supporting Sustainable Sanitation Improvement (3SI) project in Bihar, India, participants discussed how to properly analyze and understand the sanitation market, how to prioritize areas for intervention, and how

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Giving Vacuum Truck Operators the Business Skills They Need

by Samira Salifu and Serge Seiba, PSI Côte d’Ivoire “I had a habit of mixing up my personal and business funds,” Adama explains, “…it seemed alright whenever I dipped into my business funds to cater to my personal financial needs.” For 30 years, Adama Ballo has owned a small business that works to empty septic tanks in

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Upcoming Webinar: Developing Markets for Sanitation

There is widespread acknowledgement that sanitation markets must be built and harnessed if we are to achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation for all and end open defecation by 2030. However, traditionally, the WASH sector is not experienced in engaging with market sector players. How to understand the market, how to facilitate markets for

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It Takes a Village: How One Toilet Becomes 150,000

By Maria Dieter, Communications Assistant, PSI Today is World Water Day. Take a moment to think about all of the ways you use water: to drink, to brush your teeth, to cook. But what if you couldn’t be sure whether the water in your home was safe to use? Check out the story below to

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A New Class of Toilets

By Sophia Greenbaum, Graphic Designer, PSI Sandy Garçon, Manager, External Relations & Communications, PSI “Excuse me. May I use your toilet?” Meseret Workneh takes great joy in hearing this ordinary request. Only five months ago, this twenty-seven-year-old mother of one could barely make ends meet from selling coffee on the side of the road. Now

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