Sanitation As A Business Workshop focused on SSA - is this of interest? (UNICEF Zambia are considering hosting a workshop)

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Sanitation As A Business Workshop focused on SSA - is this of interest? (UNICEF Zambia are considering hosting a workshop)

Hi All,

UNICEF Zambia are considering hosting a workshop with the following objective:
"To share experience on successful business models for sanitation marketing in rural and peri-urban Africa".

Concept as follows:
"Although there has been notable sanitation marketing successes for many parts of Asia (and to some extent for peri-urban Africa) there has been little evidence of this in rural sub-Saharan Africa. Most sanitation marketing projects have focused more on developing toilet options that look nice in reports but are not usually available or affordable for rural populations. Too much Supply driven rather than Demand responsive approaches.

Less attention has been placed on establishing viable business model for delivering sanitation service through private sector. Much of rural Africa present challenges to successful business models including:
1. Affordability: Many rural communities do not have a strong ‘cash’ economy rely more on self-reliance and collective support. So even where sanitation coverage has made good progress over the last decade most householder build toilet themselves using locally available materials.
2.Weak private sector capacity: Given the weak above it follow that private sector capacity is largely limited to specific service (e.g. mobile phones, fast moving consumables, second hand clothes etc). Sanitation services limited to pit diggers and local masons who may build sub-structure or all the toilet.
3.Product Placement: Most rural market centres generally rely on fast moving products. Bulky, slow moving products pose problems in terms of storage, and wear and tear. To make matters worse, transport costs tend to be relatively high in rural Africa and hence cost for transporting bulky products is often prohibited, the more rural / remote the higher these costs.

The workshop is therefore envisaged to bring together field experience viable business models on sanitation marketing from different parts of Sub-Saharan Africa".


Can I ask the group (a) if you feel this is a useful initiative and if you would attend in mid June (if not - would be interested to know why too - is there enough learning in this area in your opinion?); (b) if you were to attend would you be interested in sharing some learning or prefer to learn from others.

Quick responses appreciated so we can gauge interest and get things moving if relevant.

Many thanks,

Nicola
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Re: Sanitation As A Business Workshop focused on SSA - is this of interest?

I am very interested in this workshop. We are developing a for-profit sanitation project in rural Rwanda. This is currently small scale. A local cooperative has conducted a successful test of locally manufactured portable UDDTs in 17 homes. Materials to build the next 100 toilets have been purchased and are on the way to the village for local fabrication. There are several potential revenue streams including purchase/lease, servicing the toilets, fertilizer and fuel. We are learning and would like to learn more.
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Re: Sanitation As A Business Workshop focused on SSA - is this of interest?

Hi Bruce

Thanks for the response - I will add you to the mailing list.

Lots to discuss there -I won't throw this forum off course by asking lots more about your work but sounds interesting - hopefully you are making full use of the forum to gain info from others based in such business models.

Thank you,

Nicola
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