Structuring of the fecal sludge market for the benefit of poor households in Dakar, Senegal (ONAS) - optimising faecal sludge emptying, transportation, processing
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TOPIC: Structuring of the fecal sludge market for the benefit of poor households in Dakar, Senegal (ONAS) - optimising faecal sludge emptying, transportation, processing

Re: Recording of presentation: Structuring of the fecal sludge market for the benefit of poor households in Dakar, Senegal (ONAS) 12 Feb 2014 15:19 #7358

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Dear Colleagues,

If you start thinking about the post title "Structuring of the fecal sludge market for the benefit of poor households..." I would understand this project is not mainly about technology like e.g. GIS-traking of the whereabouts of "honeysuckers" or de-watering of FS (Omni-Ingestor) at the spot...

If collection and treatment is 100% driven by private service providers as it is stated, should it not start with a clear and transparent line of financial interests involved? About possible profits to be made along the FS-line, from collection of FS to sale of surplus renewable energy produced. If no profits to be made with FS-business, who will cover the losses in future?

Possible way forward:
First the state want to improve FS-situation in Dakar (just a political statement), to do so the state is starting with an incentive (maybe financial supported by WB, EU or AfDB and others):

- Incentive, a clear commitment to purchase (via realistic price) in future ALL surplus renewable energy produced by the current (converted) three and future additional fecal sludge treatment plants (in future several biogas plants + CHP) = biogas-service providers.

- This biogas-service providers having through sale of energy reasonable profits and would have to PURCHASE by then collected fecal sludge from the owners of "honeysuckers", or they establish their own "honeysucker" fleets.

- Any sewage nearly without fecal sludge, as it is currently delivered by Dakar's "honey-suckers", would have no caloric/financial value for the biogas-service providers, therefore less payments. This means, in order to keep quality of delivered FS the "honeysuckers" are paid by the fecal sludge content (TS) delivered only.

Having an energy producing system with an open & transparent financial interests involved, will minimize illegal dumping, as the owner of "honeysuckers" would loos profit and additional it would avoid e.g. costly "gadget systems" of distrust like GIS-traking of the whereabouts of "honeysuckers" and avoid too high maintenance intensive de-watering of FS (Omni-Ingestor) at the spot. For the time being, not functional lance nozzle at nearly all Dakar's "honeysuckers", would be repaired by the owners (without "capacity building"), as functional lance nozzle would increase fecal sludge content during collection and would direct increase payments by biogas-service providers.

Is it too simple and too much "believe" in commercial thinking and interests?

Best Regards,
Detlef SCHWAGER

PS: My suggestion is not at all about any PPP (Public Private Partnership), as "open honesty & transparency on financial interests" are not part of any PPP-business strategies, as democratic controls are explicitly denied by secret treaties. see: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public%E2%80%93pri...tnership#Controversy and bankwatch.org/public-private-partnerships
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Last Edit: 13 Feb 2014 08:03 by AquaVerde.
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