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Nairobi Visit

It’s February. In London, it’s grey, and it’s doing that kind of rain where it doesn’t seem to fall as much as envelop you in cold, wet gloom. So it was with even more excitement than usual that John and I headed off to Nairobi. We got off the plane into a balmy 27 degrees centigrade, and got straight to work.

Nairobi is an incredibly exciting place for sanitation at the moment. There is so much innovation, and so many amazing entrepreneurs who are developing new systems so that people living in marginalised communities to access acceptable sanitation. There is no better place for us to be learning from all of these experts and getting their input into the design of our platform.

Over the ten days we were in Nairobi we hardly hardly stopped. We checked in with our champions at the Water Services Trust Fund and the World Bank. We discovered more about Sanergy’s ambitions for Mukuru, heard about Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor’s (WSUP) plans for Kisumu and learned about KDI’s flood risk assessment tools in Kibera. We made new connections at the Humanitarian Data Exchange and USAID, and discussed mapping sanitation infrastructure in Mathare with Spatial Collective. We also met with one of our amazing Expert Advisors, Andy Narracott, who told us about his new podcast for social enterprises, Finding Impact.