Thrive Networks

Smart subsidy for sanitation: experimental and applied evidence of success

Thursday 01 September | 09.00-10.30 | Room: FH 307
A rural Vietnamese family poses with their new hygienic latrine. Credit to Morgan Ommer for East Meets West.

This event will feature presentations by implementating organizations and researchers examining the potential for accelerating the adoption of sanitation by vulnerable populations via the deployment of smart subsidies. Cases will be presented from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, and Vietnam, including both randomized control experiments and observational studies associated with implementation research of large, scaled field programs. Questions to be addressed will include: 1) What is the proper role and magnitude of financial incentives to families, communities and institutions to increase uptake of latrines? 2) How best can smart subsidies be deployed? 3) What is the relative importance of household- and community-level subsidies, and how do they interact? 4) How to enhance the efficiency of subsidies to magnify spillover effects? We propose a three to four 15-minute lectures to be followed by an extended (20-30 min) Q&A facilitated by a moderator from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


09:00  Welcome by moderator

Jan-Willem Rosenboom, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

09:05  The Use of Subsidies to Promote Latrine Use in Bangladesh and India

Radu Ban, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

09:25  Aligning the Actors through Output-Based Aid

Loan Duong, Thrive Networks

09:35  The effect of OBA subsidies combined with sanitation marketing (SanMark) on latrine uptake among rural populations in Cambodia

Almud Weitz, Water and Sanitation Program/The World Bank

09:50  Smart Subsidies Help the Rural Poor Climb the Sanitation Ladder in Vietnam

Per Ljung, East Meets West

10:00  Q&A and floor discussion

10:25  Summary and wrap-up by moderator