Sarphati Sanitation Awards 2017

26Jun

Sarphati Sanitation Awards 2017

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In 2013 World Waternet, Netherlands Water Partnership and Aqua for All initiated the biennial Sarphati Sanitation Award (SSA) to honor the outstanding contribution of individuals and organizations to the global sanitation and public health challenge through entrepreneurship. This biennial 'Sarphati Sanitation Award' was inspired by Dr. Samuel Sarphati, a doctor who contributed to the cholera free status of the City of Amsterdam as far back as the end of the nineteenth century. He achieved this by initiating a business to collect and transport human excreta out of town and use it as fertilizer to grow crops, thus improving the health status of the fast growing population of Amsterdam. 

This year the Sarphati Sanitation Awards will be handed out for the third time during the Amsterdam International Water Week (30 October). In 2015 it was decided to make two Prize Categories and Dr. Kamal Kar of the CLTS Foundation was awarded for Lifetime Achievement in the creation of demand for sanitation. As for the Young Entrepreneurs category Safi Sana was recipient.


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Award winners and organizers of the Sarphati Sanitation Awards during the Opening Ceremony of the AIWW 2015 

In 2013 World Waternet, Netherlands Water Partnership and Aqua for All initiated the biennial Sarphati Sanitation Award (SSA) to honor the outstanding contribution of individuals and organizations to the global sanitation and public health challenge through entrepreneurship. This biennial 'Sarphati Sanitation Award' was inspired by Dr. Samuel Sarphati, a doctor who contributed to the cholera free status of the City of Amsterdam as far back as the end of the nineteenth century. He achieved this by initiating a business to collect and transport human excreta out of town and use it as fertilizer to grow crops, thus improving the health status of the fast growing population of Amsterdam.

This year the Sarphati Sanitation Awards will be handed out for the third time during the Amsterdam International Water Week (30 October). In 2015 it was decided to make two Prize Categories and Dr. Kamal Kar of the CLTS Foundation was awarded for Lifetime Achievement in the creation of demand for sanitation. As for the Young Entrepreneurs category Safi Sana was recipient.

Also after 2015, Sanitation as a Business has continued to be an innovative, fast developing sector. In 2016 the Toilet Board Coalition screened around 100 entrepreneurial sanitation initiatives. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The World Bank both are active promoters of sanitation as a business. The evaluation held in 2016 amongst the Sarphati Jury and Nomination Committee revealed that the focus should still be on entrepreneurship in 2017. Their recommendations were: Keep the focus on urban sanitation - open defecation in cities is increasing and focus on the challenge of small cities which especially in Africa are growing very fast. And keep stimulating entrepreneurs but also acknowledge the role of public servants, nominate individuals who create value out of what was hitherto regarded as waste and thereby improve health and do this on a sizeable scale.

We herewith announce the new members of the Sarphati Sanitation Awards Jury 2017:

Her Excellency Ms Lidi Remmelzwaal, Chair of World Waternet, will be the Chairperson of the Sarphati Sanitation Awards Jury 2017. Ms Remmelzwaal  is the interim Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Nether-lands to Jordan and has worked as Ambassador of Ethiopia, the African Union and Djibouti (2013-2016), Ghana (2006-2010) and Mozambique (2002-2006).  Ms Remmelzwaal was graduated at Wageningen University as an Agricultural Engineer and holds an MSc in Human Nutrition and Tropical Agriculture.    

2.Dr Arno Rosemarin (who was also a member in 2015) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) in Sweden. He holds a PhD in eutrophication and now specializes in disaster risk reduction, sustainable sanitation and hygiene and water resources management. He co-founded the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance in 2007 and is currently managing the SuSanA knowledge platform development project sponsored by the Gates Foundation.

3.Dr Claire Furlong recently joined the Environmental Engineering and Water Technology Department of  IHE Delf in the Netherlands  where she works as a lecturer/researcher  in Non-Sewered Sanitation.  She holds a PhD in  Environmental Engineering for Developing  Countries. She has 12 years' experience in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in low- and middle-income countries and has worked in over 13 low- and middle-income countries, both humanitarian (protracted crisis) and development contexts. She specializes in Non-Sewered Sanitation (sanitation value chain) and disruptive technologies both from a technical and the enabling environment perspective.

4.Prof Dr Ir Sybe Schaap studied  agricultural engineering and Economic Sciences  and holds a PhD in Philosophy.  He teaches Water Policy and Governance at the Technical University Delft and the Wageningen University for Agricultural Sciences. At the same time he is a member of the Dutch Senate and a publisher of various books on Philosophy.  He is former Chair of the Dutch Water Board Association and he is Chair of the Netherlands Water Partnership.

5.Dr Graham Alabaster is Program Manager of the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-HABITAT) in Nairobi. He has a first degree in Chemical Engineering,  holds a PhD in Civil Engineering and has a special interest in human health and has been an international consultant on sustainable waste water management & sanitation in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He joined UN-HABITAT in 1992 and has played a key role in building the Water, Sanitation and Infrastructure Branch and represents UN-HABITAT on many interagency bodies.

The Nomination Committee for the Sarphati Sanitation Award for Young Entrepreneurs consists of:  

Steven van Rossum (World Waternet), Aart van den Beukel (Safi Sana), Alyse Schrecongost (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Cheryl Hicks (Toilet Board Coalition), David Auerbach (Sanergy), Emily Christensen Rand (Global Water Practices), Roshan Shrestha (BMGF), Sjef Ernes (Aqua for All), Valentin Post (WASTE). This list may still be extended.

Nominations can be sent to the Secretariat of the Sarphati Sanitation Awards: sarphati2017@aquaforall.org. On the 1st of August the nominees will be published. The Nominations for the Sarphati Sanitation Award for Lifetime Achievement will be done by the Dutch Embassies. For more information please download the guidelines or contact the Sarphati Secretariat: Sarphati2017@aquaforall.org

During the AIWW a Sarphati Seminar will be organized which the Award winners will also attend. For more information on the seminar please send an email to Denise Kristel, World Waternet: denise.kristel@waternet.nl.