Tell us about your partnerships
The two-year SanMark pilot was funded by USAID and the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) of the World Bank. A team of designers, researchers, and advisors contributed to the final Easy Latrine design with major contributions by Jeff Chapin, a design consultant from IDEO who provided human-centered design expertise and Ben Clouet, structural engineering consultant. iDE’s engagement with local latrine producers is integral to the success of the programs. They will continue to serve as vital partners in SMSU, which is jointly funded by the Gates Foundation, the Stone Family Foundation, and WSP.
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?
iDE is scaling the SanMark globally as well. Work is already well advanced in East Timor and Laos; is underway in Nepal, Bangladesh, and Uganda; and projects are being developed for India, Zambia, Mali, and Burkina Faso.
Additionally, in SMSU, iDE will extend latrine access to areas previously inaccessible by adapting the Easy Latrine for challenging environments, such as flood-prone areas. The SanMark model is applicable in a various environments due to the large role played by the private sector, the use of transferable rural marketing strategies and simple, affordable technology designs.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
The success of the pilot has prompted the Cambodia government and other NGOs to strive toward better coordination and integration of various programs. Sanitation marketing stakeholders have also formed a working group to harmonize metrics and develop the capacity of local government to support M&E. Globally, multilateral agencies like the World Bank and influential donors like the Gates Foundation are dedicating more resources to promoting market-friendly approaches to sanitation.
Internally, iDE promotes an open, flat-structure creative environment that promotes learning and growth. Unlike the hierarchical culture that dominates Cambodia, iDE rewards new ideas and hard work. One of the SanMark regional managers started as a driver, but his creativity and determination shone through.
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