Online ADB Sanitation Dialogue – 20 April 2021

Accelerating Inclusive Sanitation

The Online ADB Sanitation Dialogue 2021 (ASD 2021) is the prime platform for sanitation practitioners, decision-makers and policymakers, and development partners to convene and discuss the challenges, solutions, and strategies that will lead to systemic change toward inclusive sanitation. ASD 2021 is an opportunity to raise awareness and action on increasing access to sanitation that is safe, equitable, sustainable, and inclusive. The aim is to flush away business as usual and ensure that investments are directed toward communities who need interventions the most.

Adapting to the new normal, this event has been designed as a series of webinars and interactive workshops over the course of two weeks.

Workshop with the TBC: The Business of Sanitation Economy

Sanitation, in general, has not been a subject that stirs conversation. Often, it is set aside, along with the details that go with it, such as human waste and putrid waterways. By extension, sanitation has been overlooked from a business and social enterprise point of view.

Only in recent years has it gained traction as a source of revenues. Increasing sanitation coverage, improving convenience, and ensuring safety offer a huge opportunity for individuals, associations, community groups, innovators, and small- and large-scale businesses. They can participate in any step of the sanitation process – from the household toilet to the final disposal or conversion to by-products. In doing so, individuals can earn a living. Innovators can develop smart and/or sustainable products. Communities can create an affordable service, and small and large businesses can generate profits and provide jobs. There are many examples of these opportunities in what is termed the ‘sanitation economy’.

This workshop will explain the scope of the sanitation economy, introduce examples of private and public engagement in the whole sanitation service chain, and have progressive companies present how they conceptualized their products and services. Participants, as a result, should be able to discuss how their countries, cities, or towns could achieve health, wealth, and social benefits by exploring the business prospects of delivering sanitation for all.

Click here for more information on this workshop and click here to register.

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