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Synchronizing Complex Systems in Real Time to Accelerate Latrine Sales

April 25, 2017

In 2011, iDE set out to improve national sanitation coverage in Cambodia, which had stalled at 29% for the preceding 20 years. Six years later, the Sanitation Marketing Scale-Up program is the largest of its kind globally with a network of sales agents and producers selling over 6,000 toilets per month to rural customers. The program stimulates both demand and supply, effectively building a market for sanitation. The program continues to invest in sales management activities to achieve 100% latrine coverage in the very near future. Having a more hands-on approach means we will achieve this finite goal of complete hygienic sanitation access more quickly and effectively.

Solving Sanitation from All Sides

January 18, 2017

In Bangladesh's rural areas, nearly 38 percent of households live without access to an improved latrine, and nationwide 63 million peopleuse unhygienic or shared facilities. Given how many households are affected, iDE Bangladesh believes the problem is best addressed by developing connections and creating consensus so that the resources and expertise of all stakeholders—public, private, and development—can be leveraged together to come up with creative solutions.

Coordinating Sanitation Approaches to Maximize impact in Bangladesh

October 21, 2016

With so many different approaches used to tackle sanitation challenges in developing countries, it can be difficult to see how all the pieces fit together to drive progress. In Bangladesh, iDE has successfully collaborated with other NGOs to linkits market facilitation approaches with customer demand for improved sanitation generated by CATS programming. The result is over 14,000 improved latrines sold in eight months.

Sustainability and Replicability of Multiple-Use Water Systems (MUS)

February 11, 2015

The concept of multiple-use water services and systems (MUS) has received increasingattention in international water and development fora and has emerged as a promising wayto enhance the social and gender equity and productivity of water systems designed forsingle use, e.g. for irrigation or water supply. In Nepal, several MUS models have beenpiloted and implemented for more than a decade by the International DevelopmentEnterprises (iDE) and a few other development organizations. Whereas the short-termbenefits of these systems on gender relationships, women's empowerment, nutrition andhealth have been documented, the sustainability and resilience of these systems has not yetbeen analyzed. The latter is the focus of the research study presented in this report, whichwas conducted by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Western Nepalas part of the USAID-funded Market Access and Water Technology for Women (MAWTW)project.