Eight ways to make innovation work for water and sanitation

Eight ways to make innovation work for water and sanitation. The Guardian, November 24, 2016.

What are the inventive solutions that will bring access to taps and toilets to millions? Our expert panel share their thoughts 

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Indian women hold toilets as they participate in the opening ceremony of the three-day International Toilet Festival in New Delhi. Photograph: Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images

1 | Think beyond waste

Innovation can play a massive role in increasing consumer demand for sanitation systems, but we believe it can go beyond the toilet itself. We are nearing a tipping point between advances in health and technology, and the toilet is an invaluable tool in this. Health sensors, fertilisers, biogas – unlocking these business models can change the face of sanitation and the way we think about “doing our business”. I think we’re about to see what has happened with telephones over the last two decades happen with toilets. Alexandra Knezovich, programme manager, Toilet Board Coalition, @swissmrsk

2 | Induce change through competition

The Sanitation Challenge is a competition for local authorities in Ghana. It was launched in November 2015 and we are in the second stage of the programme. The competition is leading to a shift in the priorities of the government, making sanitation more visible and important. Local authorities are excited about having the opportunity to decide what they think is needed in their area. An innovation prize that can be broadly defined as “a financial incentive that induces change through competition” is bringing changes at political level, as well as incentivising local authorities to identify new service delivery methods. Veronica Di Bella, senior consultant, IMC Worldwide

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