Finalists' innovations impress WASH Conference delegates

Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the inaugural DFAT-sponsored Civil Society Innovation Award 2016, which was announced at the WASH Futures Conference Dinner 2016.  

First place went to Save the Children - Nudging handwashing among primary school students in Bangladesh. Kamal Hossain from Save the Children Bangladesh was excited to receive the award in person from Anne Joselin, DFAT. Save the Children's innovation to improve hand-washing in schools uses environmental cues and nudges. It is more cost effective than hygiene communication programs and has shown positive results in changing and sustaining behaviour change amongst school children. Watch the winning video here

Second place was awarded to Water for People! in Uganda for their submission, Low cost solutions for Faecal Sludge Management. Water for People! have shown their work innovating at many stages of the sanitation chain, from low cost modular toilet design, pit emptying and faecal sludge treatment and reuse. Their holistic approach to sanitation and faecal sludge management (FSM) are impacting many peoples' lives, particularly in the slums of Kampala. Watch the video here. 

Third runner up was Wetlands Work! Cambodia for the HandyPod – Sanitation solutions for floating communities in Cambodia. The Handy Pod is a floating toilet design suitable for the communities of the Tonle Sap lake area and uses wetlands treatment technology. Watch the video here. 

Anne Joselin, Deputy Director, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Section, DFAT, presented the award to finalists. She said that the selection panel, made up of four members of the conference committee, were impressed by the quality of submissions, as well as the time and effort CSOs had put into preparing the 24 video submissions that were received. The Award was sponsored by the Australian Aid program (DFAT) and managed by the CS WASH Fund Managment Facility. 

Four entries were highly commended and covered innovations from water filtration technologies to embedded management support in districts. 

  • iDE Cambodia - Easy Shelter 2.0
  • Plan International Indonesia - Tackling the Sanitation Crisis at scale, NTT province, Indonesia
  • ‘SHEEP’ Indonesia Foundation - Portable Ceramic Water Filter
  • WASH Catalysts Malawi, Engineers Without Borders Canada - Tingathe (“We Can”) Fellowship Program

The purpose of this award is to highlight and showcase the innovative work of CSOs/NGOs in improving WASH service delivery and sustainability. 

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