Gather uses data to get toilets to people who need them.
We exist to bring people and data together to solve the urban sanitation crisis. By 2020, we want to transform how sanitation is provided for five million people in four emerging cities across the world.
Today, there are 2.5 billion people living in cities around the world without access to a safe, clean toilet. We transform how sanitation organisations use data, helping them to get toilets to people who need them most.
In 2019 we will be launching the first city data hub in Madagascar. Gather is bringing together government, private and nonprofit organisations to transform how data is collected, exchanged and used. The hub will improve the lives of 350,000 people in low income communities by first transforming the sector’s decision-making process.
On 22-23 March 2018 we were joined by 20 data scientists for the world's first urban sanitation data dive. The aim of this ground-breaking event was to understand how existing data could be used to improve sanitation in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, a city of 1.7 million people.
Who we are
John Peter Archer and Lindsey Noakes founded Gather in 2016. They are guided by a panel of expert advisors including specialists from Google, UNICEF, UCL and a former consultant to WHO. Gather is a UK registered charity supported by a growing group of private philanthropists, pro bono partners and foundations including former US vice-president Al Gore’s Generation Foundation. Gather is governed by a diverse, multidisciplinary board of trustees and is also a member of Geovation, the Ordnance Survey’s hub for location data.