This is the session where we wrap up all the ideas, experiences and initiatives discussed during AIWW2021 and shared in the different sessions together with the Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, the Director for Quality of Life in DG Environment, Veronica Manfredi, Journalist, Ikenna Azuike, the senior advisor for the United Nations Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate on water, sanitation and hygiene, Cheryl Hicks and Director for Sustainable Business Development in Rabobank, Alain Cracau.
During the closing of the AIWW2021 Online conference, the Integrated Leaders Forum will present their action agendas or statements. This will also be a time to reflect on the future of AIWW on the road to Horizon 2030. We hope you join this session and take some time to process the insightful sessions and discuss concluding remarks together.
In this session we will also get to know the winner of the Sarphati Sanitation Challenge! Aqua for All, World Waternet and Accenture are proud to launch the first ever Sarphati Sanitation Challenge!
Since 2013, the Sarphati Sanitation Awards have sought to honour entrepreneurial contributions to the global sanitation challenge. This year, the Sarphati Sanitation Awards became into the Sarphati Sanitation Challenge, to support promising market-based sanitation solutions on their path to scale. Entrepreneurs who have a scalable and locally-embedded sanitation solution were called on to apply, in order to accelerate access to safe sanitation for all. The theme for this year’s Challenge is ‘Sanitation and Health’, which highlights how entrepreneurial solutions are bridging key gaps and finding opportunities along the sanitation-health nexus.
These are the finalists:
- Aerosan (Nepal)
Aerosan is a social enterprise offering a design build-operate public toilet management solution through a network of pay-per-use, gender and disabled inclusive hygienic and modern facilities (known as HUBs) with an integrated waste-to-value solution and an evidence-base cleanliness protocol. The HUB model is built on key partnerships with local governments and with the Sanitation Workers Co-op, which is made up of 500 Dalit women living in informal settlements.
- AKYAS (Jordan)
AKYAS innovated a new faecal sludge management value chain for non-sewered sanitation systems. Their solution aims to provide safe sanitation at low cost, recover resources from human waste in a hygienic, user-friendly approach, and prevent cross-contamination between human waste and the surrounding environment. AKYAS products generate additional financial flow at the back end of the service chain, by tapping into resource recovery from waste-derived products, such as organic fertiliser.
- change:WATER Labs (US)
change:WATER Labs created iThrone, a waste-shrinking, drop-in toilet that flushes away human waste by evaporating it, extending safe, clean toilet access to communities with no plumbing. This approach tackles a key challenge of distributed sanitation, cutting down on collections by quickly shrinking waste inside the toilet itself. It does this in a way that is low-cost and good for the planet, converting waste into molecular water and power.
- Mosan (Switzerland)
Mosan provides an ecological, inclusive, market-based sanitation system including a mobile urine-diverting dry-toilet. It is a stand-alone, easily deployable, replicable circular sanitation system, which is low tech, affordable and locally producible. Mosan’s strategy is to scale via social franchising, seeking to enable safe, feasible and accessible community-led sanitation services, thus maximizing its social, environmental and economic impact.
- WASHKING (Ghana)
WASHKing makes, supplies and installs environmentally safe, accessible and affordable biodigester toilets for low-income and underserved urban households and institutions. The toilets aim to end open defecation and improve poor sanitation challenges in low-income urban communities in Ghana. The sustainable last-mile toilet distribution service uses pay-as-you-go technology, combining smart door-lock, adequate toilet facility and digital payment systems, to provide sanitation for low-income customers.