Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Why markets - not NGOs - are key to solving the sanitation crisis - AlertNet

Why markets - not NGOs - are key to solving the sanitation crisis - AlertNet: "The ideal sanitation market would see local businesses taking the primary role of providing ongoing sanitation services to those most in need, forever.

To achieve our core mission and have an exit strategy from the start, NGOs need to reorient their work away from latrine construction to facilitating market system development.

A growing number of organizations have moved beyond the short-term, “project”-oriented, approach of simply measuring success by the number of toilets built and have recognized the importance of setting the stage for local businesses to enter the market and provide a reliable supply chain of sanitation goods to meet customer demand.

In this scenario, NGOs provide training for entrepreneurs to develop the skills needed to grow and maintain successful sanitation businesses."

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