SanMark-CITY: Intelligent Design in Urban Sanitation Marketing (ICCO Cooperation, Bangladesh)
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SanMark-CITY: Intelligent Design in Urban Sanitation Marketing (ICCO Cooperation, Bangladesh) 13 Aug 2014 12:37 #9722

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Dear SuSAN members,

ICCO Cooperation, together with our partners iDE and DSK,is implementing the SanMark City Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The project has been basically designed to explore the critical gap that currently exists in introducing, adapting and sustaining affordable on-site sanitation technologies on a large scale. The project aims to successfully adapt and develop commercialization channels for 4 improved on-site sanitation technologies for urban areas of Bangladesh.

The flyer is attached and we will share with you the progress of the project shortly.

Thanks, Eliza
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Eliza Sthapit
Strategic Partnership Coordinator-South & Central Asia
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Re: SanMark-CITY: Intelligent Design in Urban Sanitation Marketing- quick glimpse 20 Aug 2014 09:31 #9815

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Here are more details about our grant:

Title of grant: SanMark-CITY
• Subtitle: SanMark-CITY: Intelligent Design in Urban Sanitation Marketing - Fostering Adaptation and Evolution
• Name of lead organization: ICCO Cooperation
• Primary contact at lead organization: Leonard Zijlstra
• Grantee location: The Netherlands
• Developing country where the research is being or will be tested: Bangladesh

Short description of the project:

The Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) report 2012 of the World Bank highlights the continuing corrosive effect that poor sanitation and public health has on the Bangladeshi economy. Health-related losses are estimated at over 4 billion dollars, the equivalent of 5% of GDP. (Economic Impacts of Inadequate Sanitation in Bangladesh, WSP 2012), and human waste still drives forty-nine distinct disease vectors throughout Bangladesh.

Most of the existing sanitation interventions in Bangladesh have been based on pit latrines and septic tanks. It appears that some households were offered little choice in terms of the type of system that was installed. Neither of these technologies are particularly sustainable from a technical point of view in the absence of good faecal sludge management systems. A survey of several sanitation projects in 2010 showed that in many cases pit filling and operation and maintenance were concerns for households. Further, in crowded slum areas there may not be sufficient space to install latrines and service their emptying. This report highlighted the lack of sustainable sanitation options for slum areas, and high-water table and flood-prone districts.

Technology and business driven solutions have a major role to play in helping to deliver better sanitation for the poor in Bangladesh. This project includes to explore the potential of four toilet technologies to overcome some of the challenges faced in delivering a sustainable impact on this problem. It takes a market-led approach, and will focus on the role of the private sector to develop commercial ventures which are sustainable and scalable as the implementation vehicles. In line with lessons learned about inclusive innovation, it recognises that development and implementation requires collaboration with a number of partners including NGOs, research organizations, government authorities, and building on existing service providers.

Drawing on its growing thought leadership in combining sanitation technology, ICCO Cooperation along with two other implementing partners i.e. International Development Enterprises (iDE) and Dushtha Shasthya Kendra (DSK) proposes to “adapt and evolve” four promising SanTechs similar to those developed through the Gates Foundation’s Reinvent the Toilet Challenges (RTTC) and Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) to the realities and market systems of urban Bangladesh through the “Sanitation Marketing for Urban Onsite Sanitation in Bangladesh”, or “SanMark-CITY” project.

SanMark-CITY will explore critical gap that currently exist in introducing, adapting, and sustaining affordable sanitation technologies at scale for slums in urban Bangladesh and will inform key stakeholders in the public, private and nongovernmental sectors on how best to support the diffusion of such technologies for maximum impact.

The project has four objectives and through achieving these objectives, it would be possible to provide alternative toilet options to the poor slum dwellers of Bangladesh, which are affordable, environmentally sound, hygienic and approved by the institutes like Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE). Through the business promotion interventions of the project, tested and approved toilets would be easily available in the market, which will enable the slum dwellers to get access to those. Besides, through direct involvement of DPHE in the project, it would be possible to make the toilets available at the Municipality level throughout the country in future.

Goal(s):

The overall objective of the SanMark-CITY project is to successfully adapt and develop commercialization channels for 4 improved on-site sanitation technologies for urban areas of Bangladesh.

These sanitation technologies are (for details see flyer in post above):
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  • Tiger Toilet - see here on the forum: forum.susana.org/forum/categories/105-pr...h-africa-and-vietnam

  • Sun-Mar

  • Enbiolet

  • [li]Biofil Digester

    Objectives:

    1. To test four selected toilet technologies and localize design to demonstrate their potential to meet the sanitation needs of urban poor communities in Bangladesh in sustainable, affordable way
    2. To develop business model of viable toilet technologies
    3. To explore and identify the commercial capacity and supply chain in Bangladesh to meet the demands of consumers, suppliers and large-scale sanitation programs
    4. To facilitate knowledge management, dissemination and roll-out on a large scale

    Start and end date: 1 January 2014 and 30 June 2015

    Grant type: Global Development Grant Number OPP1097054

    Size: USD 699,587

    Research or implementation partners: International Development Enterprises (iDE) and Dushtha Shasthya Kendra (DSK)

    Links, further readings – results to date: www.sanmarkcity.org

    Current state of affairs:

    Project is being implemented according to the plan. Few adjustments had to be made, which were done through consultation with the responsible Program Officer of the foundation.

    Biggest successes so far:
    The project is just above 6 months old. Updates will follow shortly

    Main challenges / frustration: There is no such issue yet.
    Eliza Sthapit
    Strategic Partnership Coordinator-South & Central Asia
    ICCO Cooperation
    Last Edit: 11 Sep 2014 11:36 by esthapit.

    Re: SanMark-CITY: Intelligent Design in Urban Sanitation Marketing- quick glimpse 20 Aug 2014 14:41 #9822

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    Looking forward to the results of this.

    I am just a bit concerned that the choice of technology options will limit the analytical outcome of this; it looks like it will be a case of comparing apples with oranges as the systems are so different in their method of operation, costs and level of development.

    For example the tiger-toilet is (as far as I know) still quite early in development and only a hand full of working examples exist. The functioning principle of the Enbiolet seems to be based on what is also sold microbial pit-additives and sanitation expert opinion is that this is largely a scam (i.e. no need to empty is unrealistic). I can't really comment on the biofil as too little info is given, but the Sun-Mar seems way out of reach in regards to affordability for the targeted Bangladeshi urban slum inhabitant.
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    Last Edit: 20 Aug 2014 14:42 by JKMakowka.

    Re: SanMark-CITY: Intelligent Design in Urban Sanitation Marketing- quick glimpse 04 Sep 2014 10:50 #10014

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    Thank you JKMakowka for your query. It is absolutely correct that the method of operation of four technologies selected to be tested in the project are different from one another(although biofil and tiger toilet do exhibit some similarities). What has been focused in selecting the technologies is the capacity of on-site faecal sludge management, and all four technologies are capable on this. As we have mentioned, this is a pilot project, a testing period where we want to see which technology would be the most feasible for the beneficiaries we are targeting. We are also learning a lot and making little adaptations as we move. The Knowledge management institute ITN-BUET is involved in the process and is our thinking hub for this. Through their support we will be able to know whether the characteristics mentioned by the technology providers about their technologies are true. The project is still at the first installation phase, and so far our observations are as follows:

     Most of the tiger toilets installed are working fine
     All the enbiolets and biofil are working well

    All three technologies : enbiolet, biofil and SunMar, are already in the market in other parts of the world and are used extensively. Only in Bangladesh, it is the first time and therefore this pilot phase is very important. Regarding the high cost that you have mentioned, as compared to the easily available toilet made of rings and slab, it is not only SunMar, but all three others which are quite expensive in Bangladesh. The greatest advantage of the selected technologies however that needs to be considered most is the convenience i.e. no odor, no/less pollution, longevity, easy maintenance etc. Furthermore, one of the main objectives of the project is to making the toilets with locally available materials, which will significantly reduce the cost of each type of technologies included in the project.

    Please feel free to come back for further information and/or clarification.
    Eliza Sthapit
    Strategic Partnership Coordinator-South & Central Asia
    ICCO Cooperation
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