Promoting Urban Living Labs to sustain Dry Sanitation in Zambia

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Promoting Urban Living Labs to sustain Dry Sanitation in Zambia

Cities are believed to be credible laboratories of social-economic change with sufficient scale to bring about meaningful action and also provide opportunities for technological, environmental and social innovative solutions. In order to arrive at these solutions, new types of frameworks and guidelines for governance are needed to help accelerate adoption of dry toilet technologies in Zambia.

Experimentation and learning by doing, which are considered as important tools to transition our cities , through Quadruple Helix approaches are unfortunately non-existent in the country.

The potential benefits of dry sanitation are now being acknowledged both in policy planning and in the academic discourse, but the evidence base for convincing policy makers and the wider public has proved to be generally weak in Zambia so far. Working with Global Dry Toilets Association of Finland and a local NGO, Network for Environmental Concerns and Solutions (NECOS) from 2012 to 2017 has given me confidence and motivation to realize that Urban living labs can be another powerful tool we can use in order to generate enough evidence to convince our policy makers and the public at large to support dry sanitation.

It is necessary that cities like Lusaka, which is at the moment facing with Cholera outbreaks learn from other resilient cities all over the world were dry sanitation has scaled and exchange their experiences with establishing such new participatory user-centered platforms.

Urban Living Labs approach is a new paradigm of collaborative and inclusive urban governance for testing innovations and generate convincing evidence for policy makers, academia,private businesses and the wider public.
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Re: Promoting Urban Living Labs to sustain Dry Sanitation in Zambia

Dear Noah,

Welcome to the Forum! Could you tell us about more about your work, and what kind of feedback, comments or collaborations you might be looking for? We have a few forum members in Lusaka these days (e.g. Hajo who always makes very good posts), have you met up with some like-minded people in Lusaka yet?

What do you see as the main drivers why dry sanitation should be adopted in Lusaka? And when you say "dry sanitation" do you mean urine-diverting dry toilets (UDDTs) in particular or a range of technologies?

And do you have a website link to explain further the concept of "urban living labs"? I only found this about Living labs on Wikipedia:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Living_lab

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Elisabeth

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