Gather brings people and data together to solve the urban sanitation crisis. By 2020, we want to expand sanitation services for 15 million people in eight emerging cities across the world.
Toilets change everything. They keep girls in school, reduce childhood mortality, prevent disease, increase productivity and keep cities clean. Cities cannot thrive without sanitation, but today 4.5 billion people do not have access to proper in cities across the world. The problem is not a lack of money or technology, but the ineffective allocation of resources (World Bank, 2017)
Gather wants to transform the sanitation sector so that toilets are built where they are needed most. We want to make it possible for the sanitation sector to share data so that sanitation funders can locate the gaps in service provision.
In 2017 Gather reached the semi-finals of the World Bank’s Ideas 4 Action competition, were nominated for Forbes 30 social entrepreneurs under 30 and built an award-winning crisis response tool with IBM. Gather is a member of Geovation, the Ordnance Survey’s data lab.