• toegangspoort-ijburg-amsterdam-slide

Let’s make sanitation everyone’s business! The Sarphati Sanitation Awards - for a world with proper sanitation

Creating innovative solutions to solve the worldwide sanitation problem is what connects the four aspiring nominees for the Sarphati Sanitation Award for Young Entrepreneurs 2015. They are all inspirational examples of how the challenge of providing proper sanitation for everyone can be tackled, simply (Goal #6 of the Sustainable Development Goals) by taking a business approach. On Nov 2nd 2015, Mr. Eberhard van der Laan, Mayor of Amsterdam, will announce the winner of the 2015 Sarphati Sanitation Awards for Young Entrepreneurs as well as the Sarphati Sanitation Life Time Achievement Award.

In 2013, World Waternet, Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and Aqua for All initiated the biennial Sarphati Sanitation Award (SSA) to honor the outstanding contribution of individuals or organizations to the global sanitation challenge through entrepreneurship. The Sarphati Sanitation Awards are named after Dr. Samuel Sarphati, an industrious entrepreneur and health practitioner who started a profitable business in the 19th century to free Amsterdam of human waste by transporting it out of the city and to be used as fertilizer for crops such as wheat, which was in turn supplied to a low-cost bread factory. His initiatives greatly improved the quality of life of poor people in the city.

The Awards are endorsed by the Netherlands Water Partnership and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This year, Bosman Water Management and New Venture Fund have joined the sponsorship team, enabling the awarding of a second prize, the Sarphati Sanitation Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Jury unanimously voted to award the 2015 Sarphati Sanitation Life Time Achievement Award to Dr. Kamal Kar, founder of the CLTS (Community Led Total Sanitation) Foundation. The Foundation helped create a paradigm shift that has positively influenced the behavior of millions of people. In thousands of villages throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America, people have started building their own toilets and helping their peers to do the same, in order to make entire communities free of open defecation.

During the Opening Ceremony of the Amsterdam International Water Week on Monday the 2nd of November, the winner of the Sarphati Sanitation Awards will be announced by Mr. Eberhard van der Laan, Mayor of Amsterdam. Nominations were made by internationally reputable organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Water and Sanitation Program of the World Bank.

The four nominees for the Award for Young Entrepreneurs are:

  • FINISH Society: Network of organizations, operating in 10 states in India producing one toilet every four minutes by offering households smart finance solutions for the construction of good quality shared or private toilets;
  • Samagra: Operates toilet blocks in India and stimulates hygienic behavior with a reward system;
  • ZanaAfrica: Provides adolescent girls in Kenya with sanitary pads so they can stay in school;
  • SafiSana: Collects toilet- and organic waste from slums in Accra, Ghana, to produce organic fertilizer and biogas.


For more information about the Sarphati Sanitation Awards 2015 and the program of the Opening Ceremony of the Amsterdam International Water Week click on the links. 

Register for our newsletter and stay informed!