Sarphati Sanitation Awards 2017

World Waternet , Netherlands Water Partnership and Aqua for All initiated the biennial Sarphati Sanitation Award in 2013 to honor the outstanding contribution of individuals or organizations to the global sanitation and public health challenge through entrepreneurship.


This year the Sarphati Sanitation Awards will be handed out for the third time during the Amsterdam International Water Week (30 October). In 2015 it was decided to make two Prize Categories and Dr. Kamal Kar of the CLTS Foundation was awarded for Lifetime Achievement in the creation of demand for sanitation. As for the Young Entrepreneurs category Safi Sana was recipient.

In 2016 the Toilet Board Coalition screened around 100 entrepreneurial sanitation initiatives. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The World Bank both are active promoters of sanitation as a business. Sanergy, Samagra, Safi Sana and others have all received quite some prices so at present it will be quite a challenge for the Nomination Committee to find new entrepreneurs to highlight for the Sarphati Sanitation Awards for Young Entrepreneurs this year.

The evaluation held in 2016 amongst the Sarphati Jury and Nomination Committee revealed that the focus should still be on entrepreneurship in 2017.  Their recommendations were: Keep the focus on urban sanitation – open defecation in cities is increasing and focus on the challenge of small cities which especially in Africa are growing very fast. And keep stimulating entrepreneurs but acknowledge the role of public servants, nominate individuals who create value out of what was hitherto regarded as waste and thereby improve health and do this on a sizeable scale.


The nomination process

In 2013 there was an open call for nominations; in 2015 we installed a Nomination Committee and both processes performed well. This year we will follow the same nomination process for the Sarphati Sanitation Award for Young Entrepreneurs and approach Dutch Embassies to nominate Sanitation Champions in larger and smaller cities worldwide for the Lifetime Achievement