Identifying gaps in the sanitation value chain to focus commercial investment beyond the commode

Duration: 6 monthS

location: Africa

Clients: Unilever, WSUP


More than 35% of the world population lacks access to improved sanitation. This is not only a health risk to communities who result to "flying toilets" but it is also a safety risk to women and girls.



Understanding the specific challenges helped the business make more informed investment decisions and better defined their role in the effort to increase access to sanitation globally.



We conducted research on the value chain supporting sanitation systems in developing and emerging markets.  The analysis identified high operational costs in the movement of waste from the community and the processing of the waste to render it safe.  In addition, national policy (or the lack of policy on the use of human waste as a fertiliser) was also a barrier in monetising the value of the waste product which further reduces the economic viability of sanitation solutions.