What is your signature innovation, your new idea, in one sentence?
Thinking beyond a toilet- offers diverse focus on Architecture, Behaviour change, Cleanliness and Disposal technologies (ABCD- of sanitation)giving forth new package for sustainability
Describe your innovation. What makes your idea unique and different than others doing work in the field?
Most of sanitation development has failed in Kenya and elsewhere in Africa. This is due to the strong cultural ties on sanitation.The ABCD offers a wide range of innovative features, appropriate architecture offers the public image that attracts users into built space, identifying with it and being part of the whole, this is complemented by adds-ons services of shoe shine, newspaper vendors, soft drink to creat a -Toilet Mall- concept.Improved managment through franchise mechanism ensures locals are involved in operations and accrued benefits and also enhances hygiene levels; Human waste utilisation is a valued addition due to benefits of biogas from digesters, urea from harvested urine and compsot from the sludge.My organisation is also engaging municipal and schools on a new partnership arrangement of Build Operate Transfer (BOT)into sanitation infrastructure, management and operations for a period of five years- through this period the programme will develop through incubation of franchises to ensure a new knowledge on sanitation management is in place for now and the future.
Delivery Model: How do you implement your innovation and apply it to the challenge/problem you are addressing?
I have signed contracts with local authorities(10 now) for the initial 100 units;I have engaged ten main corporates in Kenya for the sponsorships of these units for branding for the period;I have engaged a local university to develop a week-long module for capacity development of the franchise (youth and women)four per facility. Im developing this model for expansion in slums and public schools in Kenya, strengthening the values of improved sanitation through focusing on utilities and value additions.
How do you plan to expand your innovation?
My strategy is to scale up in the entire country giving special focus to the urban slums, schools and refugee camps. Nearly all slums and public schools have no adequate sanitation and this has been captured by the national steering group for the International Year of Sanitation. The demand is excessful in almost all our urban centres in Kenya, the slums in major towns and almost 10,000 targeted public schools. The idea is to support corporate to support or adopt several facilities and advertise or brand- then the franchise will charge the users to earn their incomes.The adds-on enterprises will strengthen the local ownership strategy and ensure quality level of maintenance. I have presented this model to the government and there is emerging interest to adopt it for urban and schools in Kenya. As a poverty reduction strategy, id o hope to link up with more global corporates like cocacola, unilever etc, equity financing from local and international banks and the governments.
Do you have any existing partnerships, and if so, how do you create them?
Partnerships are at different levels; I have signed with local authorities who are providing appropriate space for the infrastructure; I have presented and finalsing with local corporates for financial support; Im finalising contracts with Acumen Fund and Care Enterprise Canada for equity finacing and awaiting African Development Bank approval. Am partnering locally with UNICEF and WSP-WB who have appointed me in the national steering committee for international Year of Sanitation.
Am looking at scaling up to the global giant corporates, foundations and equity financing bodies and linkages with Ashoka fellows in Africa to ensure beyond the borders reach.