Category Archives: Campaigns and Events

Announcing our new Toilet Accelerator Cohort 2018! – Toilet Board Coalition

The new 2018 Toilet Accelerator Cohort and the Toilet Board Coalition Selection Committee highlight the innovative projects we will work on together.


Not All Toilets Look the Same: A Peak into Citywide Inclusive Sanitation on World Toilet Day – World Bank

Not All Toilets Look the Same: A Peak into Citywide Inclusive Sanitation on World Toilet Day. World Bank, November 17, 2017. CWIS-case-videos-KF


  • World Toilet Day – November 19 – is an apt time to recognize that proper sanitation is key to building thriving and healthy cities.
  • On World Toilet Day, we showcase a series of videos highlighting some good practices in ‘Citywide Inclusive Sanitation’ from around the world.
  • Citywide Inclusive Sanitation means everybody benefits from adequate sanitation, with human waste being safely managed at every point along the service chain.

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World Toilet Day podcast with Jack Sim, founder of the World Toilet Organization

World Toilet Day podcast with Jack Sim – Finding Impact, November 14, 2017.

Jack Sim, Founder of the World Toilet Organization (WTO) has been a successful businessman for all of his adult life. After achieving financial success in his 40s, he felt a strong desire to give back to humanity. findingimpactlogo250px

Jack found that toilets were often neglected and grew concerned that the topic was draped in embarrassment and taboo. In 1998, he established the Restroom Association of Singapore (RAS) whose mission was to raise the standards of public toilets in Singapore and around the world.

Jack soon realized that there were other organizations worldwide like RAS, however, they lacked the channels to collaborate and share ideas. As a result, in 2001, Jack founded the World Toilet Organization (WTO), eventually earning himself the nickname Mr. Toilet.

On this podcast, we will cover:

  • Jack’s interest in tackling a problem that most people felt uncomfortable talking about and how he began to shift this taboo.
  • The origins of World Toilet Day (November 19) and how to be opportunistic when seeking partnerships.
  • The importance of relinquishing credit as a leader and remaining humble. Jack talks about creating a negative space that champions can sign up to eradicate, rather than focusing on being recognized for individual efforts.
  • How to get almost anything for free! While you don’t have resources, you do have a reputation and a story that businesses may want to align with.
  • How to leverage your story to bring attention to your cause. “If you don’t publish, you perish” Academics need to write, ask them how you can help! Helps bring credibility to your cause too.
  • The importance of being mission driven and removing individuals from the equation. “You are not the important thing, the mission is the important thing.”

WaterAid – Out of Order: The State of the World’s Toilets 2017

Out of Order: The State of the World’s Toilets 2017. WaterAid, November 2017.

Our World Toilet Day report Out of Order explores how the lack of decent toilets around the world prevents women and girls from fulfilling their potential.

The report finds Ethiopia is now the country with the world’s highest percentage of people without toilets, while India remains the nation with the highest number of people without a toilet. wateraid

While both have made progress, millions still suffer the fear and indignity of relieving themselves in the open or in unsafe or unhygienic toilets – a situation which is most dangerous for girls and women.

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World Toilet Day 2017: Q&A with USAID Sanitation Expert Jesse Shapiro

World Toilet Day 2017: Q&A with USAID Sanitation Expert Jesse Shapiro. Global Waters, November 15, 2017.

Jesse Shapiro is the Environmental Health Team Lead, Senior Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Advisor, and Sanitation Focal Point at USAID based in the Global Health Bureau.

Jesse Shapiro observes a life-size game of chutes and ladders, which illustrates the perils of poor sanitation and hygiene behaviors, on a field visit to an informal neighborhood in Delhi, India. Photo Credit: USAID

Jesse Shapiro observes a life-size game of chutes and ladders, which illustrates the perils of poor sanitation and hygiene behaviors, on a field visit to an informal neighborhood in Delhi, India. Photo Credit: USAID

He provides WASH technical support to USAID missions in Africa and South East Asia with a focus on new project development and an increased emphasis on sanitation programming. He has an MS in civil engineering and spent seven years in East Timor and the Marshall Islands working with governments on sanitation.

Sanitation is one the most basic human needs, and there is no end to its impact on people’s daily lives in preventing disease and preserving dignity.”

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World Toilet Day 2017 – Water Currents

World Toilet Day 2017 – Water Currents, November 13, 2017.

USAID and its partners work toward increasing access to safe and basic sanitation services and increasing treatment, recycling, and reuse of wastewater worldwide. In Fiscal Year 2016, USAID and its partners helped 2.9 million people gain access to basic sanitation—defined as a facility that separates people from their waste and is not shared with other households.

This issue of Water Currents contains links to WTD 2017 resources and events, as well as recent studies on a range of sanitation issues to help mark this important advocacy day.

World Toilet Day 2017 Resources 
The Official World Toilet Day website highlights the theme for WTD 2017, wastewater. The WTD website includes a factsheet, infographic, stories, and a video, Where does our poo go?

Sanitation Economy: The Commercial Case & Economics for the Biological CycleToilet Board Coalition, November 16, 2017. The Toilet Board Coalition is hosting a Google Hangout to mark the release of its new report, “Circular Economy Sanitation: Towards a Commercial Reality” for WTD 2017. A roundtable of experts will highlight and discuss business-led models to redesign sanitation.

State of Urban Water and Sanitation in IndiaUSAID, October 2017. Strengthening Water and Sanitation in Urban Settings of India is a three-year, USAID-funded collaboration with TERI University, Coca-Cola India, and TERI. The report provides a regional assessment of progress in urban sanitation, analyzes the sanitation landscape, discusses three years of Swachh Bharat Mission, gives an overview the sanitation service chain, and describes how to leverage corporate engagement.

Waste Stabilization PondsGlobal Water Pathogen Project, September 2017. Waste stabilization ponds consist of open basins that use natural processes to treat domestic wastewater, septage, and sludge, as well as animal or industrial wastes. One of their biggest advantages is that they are easy and inexpensive to operate and maintain.

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Taylor Swift Toilet Parody – “Look Where Some People Poo” – Global Citizen