Sanitation supply chains for sustainable access

September 2016

Event

We have seen many successes in working on sanitation supply chains and affordable appropriate sanitation options for rural households. However, there are also still many challenges, in particular when aiming at universal access to safely managed sanitation, as stated in the SDGs. From 26 to 30 September, SNV teams and partners from 8 countries in Africa will be visiting Nepal to discuss rural sanitation and hygiene, and in particular sanitation supply chains for sustainable access.

The learning event on sanitation supply chains is organised as part of our Sustainable Sanitation & Hygiene for All (SSH4A) Results programme, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The objectives of this event are to take stock of progress on affordable sanitation supply and related priorities, to share lessons learned on business models, sales and finance, and to deepen our understanding on how to reach the last mile.

The participants from various countries share presentations on their supply chains, including an overview of the current situation, a SWOT analysis, a technology review, and sanitation financing options based on country case studies and innovations. During the event, they will also develop their own business canvas models for sanitation supply chains, with properly defined value propositions and customer profiles. By the end, participants will have some good, concrete ideas on how to strengthen their supply chains. We want to ensure people leave feeling inspired, and with a ‘can do’ attitude.

Of course we do not focus on sustainable supply chains as an aim in itself, because markets may change after areas reach open defecation free (ODF) status). But then how will these supply chains evolve after ODF? What do we do with limited financing options and quality assurance? What about capacity building for sanitation supply chain actors? On the Dgroups platform a discussion has been ongoing to reflect on this topic with a broader group of people. We invite you to join the discussion and share your thoughts on the performance of sanitation supply chains in your country.

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