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Gather uses data to transform city sanitation

 

Sanitation Data Hubs

 

Improving the lives of low income and disadvantaged communities by first transforming the local sanitation sector’s decision-making process.

 
 
A map of Africa with four emerging cities highlighted: Kumasi in Ghana, Lusaka in Zambia, Nakuru in Kenya and Antananarivo in Madagascar. There are lines connecting the cities. These are the first four locations of our city data hubs.

A map of Africa with four emerging cities highlighted: Kumasi in Ghana, Lusaka in Zambia, Nakuru in Kenya and Antananarivo in Madagascar. There are lines connecting the cities. These are the first four locations of our city data hubs.

We are launching the first Sanitation Data Hub in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

The problem

Madagascar ranks fourth worst in the world for sanitation provision. Diarrheal diseases are the second leading cause of death after malaria and affect more than half of kids under the age of five. In the capital Antananarivo, 78% of the population live without proper sanitation and less than 10% of fecal waste is collected and safely disposed of.

Programme Goal

The Antananarivo Sanitation Data Hub will improve the lives of 350,000 people. For the first time, sanitation organisations will be able to:

 1.       Better understand the state of sanitation in the 5th arrondissement

2.     Track their progress in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6.2: Sanitation for all

3.      Show the need for investment to improve and expand sanitation services

4.      Share data and collaborate to meet the sanitation needs of people living in the 5th arrondissement.

The Antananarivo Hub will create a blueprint to inform how we scale the Hub’s activities throughout Antananarivo, and replicate hubs into other emerging cities. The first 12 months in Antananarivo will demonstrate how data can be used to transform sanitation in cities around the world.

Geospatial Shit Flow Diagram

The Hub will hold five workshops across 12 months. Gather will facilitate these meetings, help the founding members transform their data practices, create a portal for data sharing and provide analysis to create insight from data.

A key deliverable will be the world’s first geospatial shit flow diagram (SFDs). SFDs are a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-backed initiative that show where fecal waste enters the environment and pollutes groundwater and rivers along the sanitation value chain. The tool is currently two-dimensional and are undertaken as a one-off exercise. By transforming local data practices, we can transform the SFD to become a ‘live’ visualisation - enriched with linked data on population, topography etc. - that indicates where investment and action is needed within a geographic area.

Partnerships

The founding members of the Antananarivo Sanitation Data Hub include: Commune Urbaine d’Antananarivo (CUA), the municipality responsible for sanitation; Loowatt, a pioneering container-based sanitation provider; and Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), a tri-sector partnership that strengthens sanitation services for low income communities.