Sanitation Business Models for Safe Resource Recovery and Reuse (RRR)

International Water Management Institute;
Eawag; German Toilet Organization; Sandec; Sanergy; Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute;

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Functional sanitation systems improve health and welfare and are fundamental to human development. Integrated business models throughout the sanitation value chain can turn waste into valuable resources such as biofuels or fertilizer and save water thus leading to even broader livelihood improvements. Most sanitation initiatives to reuse waste have depended heavily on subsidies, remained small or did not survive beyond their pilot phase. A new approach is needed to make resource recovery and safe reuse (RR&R) solutions viable at scale and protective of public health.


This seminar will provoke discussion on exploiting the sanitation value chain and understanding how the benefits and costs are perceived and accounted for throughout the value chain.


The seminar will combine the highlights of research on over 60 successful business cases and extracted business models for resource recovery and reuse in developing countries with a discussion on their applicability in a range of settings with practitioners and entrepreneurs.  The Sanitation Safety Planning Manual will also be presented to illustrate the practical implementation of the 2006 WHO Guidelines for Safe Use of Wastewater, Excreta and Greywater.

09:00    Welcome and Opening Remarks
            Dr. Pay Drechsel, IWMI
            Ms. Eileen Hofstetter, SDC
            TBC, BMZ

Models and Tools for Safe Sanitation Businesses

 09:10   Setting the Scene for Integrated Business Models throughout the Sanitation Value Chain with Safe Resource Recovery and Reuse
              Dr. Arne Panesar, GIZ
09:20   Research on Business Cases
             Dr. Miriam Otoo, IWMI
09:30   Sanitation Safety Planning Manual
             Ms. Kate Medlicott, WHO
Sanitation Business Models in Practice
09:40   Introduction of the Country Presentations
            Dr. Pay Drechsel, IWMI
09:45   Sanitation Safety Planning (SSP) Lessons From Trials in Five Countries
             Mr. Darryl Jackson
09:55   Establishing O&M for Decentralised Urban Sanitation Infrastructure in Karnataka India
             Mr. Stefan Reuter, BORDA
10:05   Waste to Energy for Urban India: Co-Fermentation of Organic Kitchen Waste and Septage
            Dr. Regina Dube, GIZ 
10:15   Questions & Answers


10:25   Coffee Break


10:55   Sustainable Sanitation in East Africa's Urban Informal Settlements
            Mr. David Auerbach, Sanergy
11:05   Beyond the Latrine: Creating a Sanitation Industry
            Ms. Katja Neubauer, Water for People
11:15   Challenges in the Enabling Environment for Public Private Partnerships in Kampala Sanitation Sector
            Ms. Kristina Kanathigoda, GIZ
11:25   EkoLakay to Konpos Lakay: SOIL's Household Toilet and Composting Experiences from Haiti
            Mr. Nick Preneta, SOIL
11:35   Questions & Answers

Tipping Points: Barriers and Opportunities for Taking Models to Scale
11:45   Panel Discussion
Moderator: Mr. Ken Caplan, Partnerships in Practice

  • Mr. Joppe Cramwinckel, WBCSD
  • Dr. Heiko Gebauer, Eawag/Sandec
  • Dr. Mirko Winkler, STPH
  • Mr. Sam Parker, WSUP (tbc)
  • Mr. Jan Willem Rosenboom, BMGF
  • Mr. Neil Macleod, eThekwini Municipality (tbc)

12:25  Wrap-up and Closing Remarks

12:30  Close of the Seminar

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