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:

  • The SSD’s Healthy Compound model in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, which is using a total market approach to develop prefabricated septic tanks made of ferrocement
  • The Supporting Sustainable Sanitation (3Si) project in Bihar, which has used a market-based approach to overcome supply and demand barriers to latrine access and use.


  • Bikas Sinha is 3Si’s General Manager for Programs at PSI India. He introduces the 3Si project and strategy and outline the milestones and learning.
  • Lassina Togola is USAID SSD’s sanitation Technical Advisor in Abidjan. He offers first-hand experience of progress, lessons and challenges to date regarding the Healthy Compound model. 
  • Dana Ward is SSD’s Chief of Party. He introduces the discussion and set the context for providing affordable sanitation through the private sector.

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