Sarphati Sanitation Awards & Symposium 2019 - Aqua for All

Sarphati Sanitation Awards

The Sarphati Sanitation Awards were installed by Aqua for All and World Waternet in 2013 to honour contributions to the global sanitation & public health challenge through entrepreneurship. The Awards are held in honour of Dr. Samuel Sarphati, a 19th century doctor, city planner and chemist who radically improved public health in Amsterdam by collecting and transporting human waste out of the city and making a profit in the process. Today, we honour those who share Dr. Sarphati’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, and are working for the 4.5 billion people worldwide who still lack access to safe sanitation.

The Sarphati Sanitation Awards are presented in two categories: The Sarphati Sanitation Award for Promising Entrepreneur and the Sarphati Sanitation Award for Lifetime Achievement. The awards ceremony has  traditionally taken place every two years during the Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW).

The Sarphati Sanitation Awards acknowledge the efforts of small, medium and large enterprises to provide sustainable access to sanitation services, especially in rural areas and low-income communities, complementing the work of public utilities.

Sarphati Sanitation Awards 2019

Introducing The Poo-Cast

Check out the Sarphati Sanitation Awards’ new podcast, “The Poo-Cast.” Through this podcast, we will explore the global sanitation challenge and what needs to be done to achieve sustainable access to sanitation and hygiene for all.

In our first episode, we talk with the finalists of the 2019 Sarphati Award for Promising Entrepreneur to discuss their sanitation businesses and how they see entrepreneurship as the solution to the world’s sanitation needs.

Sarphati Sanitation Awards 2019

In 2019, the Sarphati Sanitation Awards were presented during the Opening Ceremony of the AIWW on 4 November.

The Sarphati Sanitation Award for Lifetime Achievement was honoured to Mr Jockin Arputham, the late founder of Slum Dwellers International. Mr Arputham sadly passed away in 2018, after decades of fighting for slum dwellers’ rights and for improving sanitation in slums around the world. Ms Savita Sonawane and Ms. Sharmila Gimonkar accepted the award on behalf of Mr. Arputham.

The Sarphati Sanitation Award for Promising Entrepreneur’s nominees were Live Clean Initiatives, Tiger Toilet, and X-Runner. These organisations stood out for their commitment to sanitation and success in providing solutions for their communities. For the first time ever, the award resulted in a tie and went to X-Runner from Peru and Tiger Toilet from India

We are very proud of all the nominees and winners for their innovative and empowering sanitation solutions!

Sarphati Sanitation Symposium 2019

The Sarphati Sanitation Symposium was held for the first time on November 6th 2019, as part of the Amsterdam International Water Week, organised by World Waternet, Aqua for All and FMO. The theme for the symposium was “Access for All, Within Reach.”

The one-day symposium united actors in water and sanitation across all sectors, to discuss the pressing issues in sanitation and the solutions needed to realise safe sanitation for all.

The Symposium started with sector leaders who discussed the main challenges in sanitation, followed up by a panel in which they were challenged to provide practical and concrete solutions. Participants also heard from the winner and nominees of the Sarphati Sanitation Symposium, highlighting their creative efforts and successes in improving sanitation.

After these discussions and presentations, an educational theatre group from South Africa performed their play “Water for Life” and fruitful roundtable discussions were held on key topics in sanitation. In closing, the takeaway messages were shared from the roundtables, followed by a closing address by Pim van der Male of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

The symposium was a great start to discussions, collaborations and raising awareness needed for the worlds sanitation needs to be met.