Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene department is highly advanced and is spearheading Non-sewered sanitation technologies for cities with little to no access to sewered sanitation.

The foundation collaborates with government leaders, the private sector, and technologists to advance promising new toilet and waste treatment technologies, service delivery models, and policies with the greatest potential to revolutionize sanitation standards and practices, at the local and national level. Core initiatives include:

  • Promoting policies and practical steps that governments can take now to establish safer sanitation through Faecal Sludge Management (FSM)—a sanitation strategy that does not require sewers;
  • Investing, alongside governments in our priority geographies, in city-wide inclusive sanitation to accelerate the adoption of safely managed sanitation at the city level, particularly focused on slums and informal settlements that are typically underserved;
  • Investing in technologies, such as the reinvented toilet and the omni-processor, that can radically change the way municipalities and households manage human waste affordably, at scale, and with little or no need for water and electricity; and
  • Conducting research to help the sanitation sector develop data and evidence about what works.

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