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Find a way to enable families to afford a latrine purchase even with their limited cash flow.  Many are already spending some money on latrine usage ($0.10-0.20 per use).  Leverage this existing expenditure to finance a latrine.

Find a way to enable families to afford a latrine purchase even with their limited cash flow. Many are already spending some money on latrine usage ($0.10-0.20 per use). Leverage this existing expenditure to finance a latrine.

Photo of Jeff Chapin
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8 evaluations so far
Building a toilet and taking responsibility for proper waste management is a big deal.  It's good for a family and it's better for the community.  Find some way to celebrate it.

Building a toilet and taking responsibility for proper waste management is a big deal. It's good for a family and it's better for the community. Find some way to celebrate it.

Photo of Jeff Chapin
4 8

9 evaluations so far
The Women’s Sanitation Union of Kumasi is a neutral organization with a CHARTER signed by Unilever, the Kumasi government and the ‘population’ which will champion, promote and monitor healthy and safe sanitation solutions in Kumasi.

The Women’s Sanitation Union of Kumasi is a neutral organization with a CHARTER signed by Unilever, the Kumasi government and the ‘population’ which will champion, promote and monitor healthy and safe sanitation solutions in Kumasi.

Photo of niko herzeg
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8 evaluations so far
When are people most likely to relate to others’ sanitation problems? When they’re feeling the urge to relieve themselves of course!

Imagine if awareness/action-raising stickers/posters were placed on the inside of public toilet stalls in the deve

When are people most likely to relate to others’ sanitation problems? When they’re feeling the urge to relieve themselves of course! Imagine if awareness/action-raising stickers/posters were placed on the inside of public toilet stalls in the deve

Photo of Vincent Cheng
6 9

7 evaluations so far
In the same way that microfinance has leveraged group lending to ensure accountability and repayment, NGOs or even for-profit organizations can engage communities in "group buys" of toilets.  Communities would pool together resources to apply for a '

In the same way that microfinance has leveraged group lending to ensure accountability and repayment, NGOs or even for-profit organizations can engage communities in "group buys" of toilets. Communities would pool together resources to apply for a '

Photo of Dominique Ng
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14 evaluations so far
Get a bucket, use a bucket, get a new bucket.  What if people are rewarded with a clean, shiny, new-looking bucket each time they bring a full bucket to collection?

Get a bucket, use a bucket, get a new bucket. What if people are rewarded with a clean, shiny, new-looking bucket each time they bring a full bucket to collection?

Photo of beth viner
3 8

7 evaluations so far
The PeePoo is a brilliant project that addresses existing “flying toilet” behaviors through a single-use sanitizing toilet bag that improves hygiene and creates fertilizer. As the project has been field testing (well worth a look: http://www.peepoopl

The PeePoo is a brilliant project that addresses existing “flying toilet” behaviors through a single-use sanitizing toilet bag that improves hygiene and creates fertilizer. As the project has been field testing (well worth a look: http://www.peepoopl

Photo of Vincent Cheng
13 12

10 evaluations so far
Why let the dirty toilets "fly" about randomly? Why let them create disease? Why let waste be littered around? Why not have a navigation system that directs these to a place where they can be used effectively as resources?

This concept draws inspi

Why let the dirty toilets "fly" about randomly? Why let them create disease? Why let waste be littered around? Why not have a navigation system that directs these to a place where they can be used effectively as resources? This concept draws inspi

Photo of Saahil Juneja
8 8

8 evaluations so far
Changing behavior, especially among adults, is a very tough thing to do. Given that, I suggest we think about how we can teach the youngest generations in areas like Kumasi to be responsible about their sanitation and waste disposal habits - after al

Changing behavior, especially among adults, is a very tough thing to do. Given that, I suggest we think about how we can teach the youngest generations in areas like Kumasi to be responsible about their sanitation and waste disposal habits - after al

Photo of Ashley Jablow
8 12

13 evaluations so far
I imagined a concept: allow access for people with mobility problems (disabled, elderly, pregnant women, etc…), it would adapt to changes in demand quickly, would be hygienic and clean (including for the planet), be low cost to everyone (including us

I imagined a concept: allow access for people with mobility problems (disabled, elderly, pregnant women, etc…), it would adapt to changes in demand quickly, would be hygienic and clean (including for the planet), be low cost to everyone (including us

Photo of Alessandro Ortega
24 23

11 evaluations so far
Reward consistency of good cleaning service, and help both the service provider and their customers communicate that their facilities are Gold Medal clean.

Reward consistency of good cleaning service, and help both the service provider and their customers communicate that their facilities are Gold Medal clean.

Photo of Larry Cheng
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9 evaluations so far
As the elderly population in Japan increases, companies there have developed technology that turns adult diapers (and child diapers) into sterile, odorless, concentrated, portable pellets that can be used for fuel and construction (http://news.cnet.c

As the elderly population in Japan increases, companies there have developed technology that turns adult diapers (and child diapers) into sterile, odorless, concentrated, portable pellets that can be used for fuel and construction (http://news.cnet.c

Photo of Vincent Cheng
6 17

12 evaluations so far
This concept is directly inspired by Alessandro’s call to “imagine that people would not have to pay anything to use the bathroom, but that these bathrooms were small factories that produce gas and fertilizer”, as well as by the many other OpenIDEO c

This concept is directly inspired by Alessandro’s call to “imagine that people would not have to pay anything to use the bathroom, but that these bathrooms were small factories that produce gas and fertilizer”, as well as by the many other OpenIDEO c

Photo of Vincent Cheng
8 23

12 evaluations so far
This concept is inspired by the following article “Toilets are being converted to bedrooms in Kumasi “ (http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=165948), as its direct commentary on the toilet situation in Kumasi (the region t

This concept is inspired by the following article “Toilets are being converted to bedrooms in Kumasi “ (http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=165948), as its direct commentary on the toilet situation in Kumasi (the region t

Photo of Vincent Cheng
9 10

8 evaluations so far