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Meet the "Toilet King"

This blog originally appeared on PSI’s website.

Paul Kpadonou began his career as an entrepreneur on the side of the highway.

As he sold garden decorations from his roadside business, Paul dreamed of creating a successful enterprise in his suburban town of Abomey-Calavi, Benin. His shot at prosperity came with the “WC Mimin” brand of toilets, which he discovered during a campaign promoting the product.

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Senegal Projet Assainissement – Changement de Comportement et Eau pour le Senegal

Assainissement – Changement de Comportement et Eau pour le Senegal (ACCES) is a 5-year, $22 million program awarded to Natural Resources Consulting Engineers (NRCE) in 2016 to achieve improvements in nutrition through investments in water, sanitation, and hygiene in six of the most malnourished regions of Senegal. Activities will test and implement proven state-of-the-art approaches and increase sustainability.  Other activities will support achievement of the Mission’s Country Development and Coordination Strategy (CDCS) Results Framework.

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Integrated Service Delivery Project

ISDP aims to provide support for creating sustainable, strong health care facilities in Ezo, and Yambio counties that will improve quality of services and access, especially for women and children.

Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: West Africa Sanitation Service Delivery (SSD)

Some of the lowest rates of improved sanitation in the world are found in three project countries: Benin (13 percent), Côte d’Ivoire (14 percent), and Ghana (28 percent). Each country lacks affordable options for safe disposal and treatment of human waste. Densely populated areas, such as slum communities, have limited space to construct household toilets and land disputes coupled with a lack of urban planning complicate this problem.

Evaluation

Midterm Evaluation of the Sanitation Service Delivery (SSD) Project: Final Report

USAID/West Africa’s Sanitation Service Delivery (SSD) Project seeks to dramatically scale-up sanitation services delivery through market-based approaches that strategically complement the recent policy shifts and massive demand generation efforts in West Africa. The SSD program will develop, test, and market-based business models (BMs), reaching all segments of the unserved population, to achieve and sustain an improved level of sanitation service over time.

Webinar

Webinar: Involving The Private Sector In Increasing Access To Basic Sanitation In Bihar And Abidjan

Only 22% of Abidjan’s population has access to basic sanitation. Many low-income residents of the city live in compound houses of 4 to 45 persons, who share a common toilet. The situation is not too different in Bihar, India where only 30% of the population have access to basic sanitation, and open defecation is still rife.

The USAID Sanitation Service Delivery Project (SSD) held this webinar in April 2017 to explore successes and failures of the strategies from:

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Ethiopian Summit Focuses on Participatory Co-Design to Develop Low-Cost WASH Products

It’s the end of the second week of the USAID Transform Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sanitation Co-Design Summit in Hawassa, Ethiopia, where health extension workers, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) instructors, government officials, and community members have teamed with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Design Lab (MIT D-Lab) to create new sanitation and hygiene products for the Ethiopian market.

Report

USAID Transform WASH: Financing Practices and Options for Sanitation Products and Services: Findings from SNNPR, Ethiopia

USAID Transform WASH aims to improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) outcomes in Ethiopia by increasing access to and sustained use of affordable, quality WASH products and services, with a substantial focus on sanitation. It does so by transforming the market for WASH: stimulating demand at the community level, strengthening supply chains and building the enabling environment for a vibrant private market.

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Growth Through Nutrition

Despite great progress, undernutrition rates in Ethiopia remain poor. The key child indicators of stunting, wasting and underweight are at unacceptably high levels nationwide. The key child malnutrition causes in Ethiopia are poor feeding practices (few children eat nutrient-dense vegetables and fruit or animal source foods), suboptimal hygiene and sanitation in the household and community, as well as poverty, food insecurity and gender dynamics.