RTI Call for Concept Papers: Innovation in Market Based Sanitation and Menstrual Health Management Activity in Kenya

RTI Call for Concept Papers: Innovation in Market Based Sanitation and Menstrual Health Management Activity in Kenya

Project Description

USAID Western Kenya Sanitation Project (USAID-WKSP) is five-year (2022 to 2027) program with a
goal to create a financially sustainable, transformative, replicable, and locally owned sanitation and Menstrual Hygiene Management marketplace in eight western Kenya counties: Bungoma, Busia, Kakamega, Siaya, Homa Bay, Kisii, Kisumu, and Migori through:

  • Increased access to and uptake of market-based improved sanitation and fecal sludge management products and services.

  • Increased access to and uptake of market based improved Menstrual Hygiene (MHM) products and services at the household level.

    What is the Challenge?

    The full range of technical options for providing improved and safely managed sanitation and MHM
    products and services is still not widely known nor are the characteristics of the different options well understood. There is little appreciation of the long-term financial, environmental, and institutional implications of operating and maintaining the various MHM and sanitation systems.

    As a result, with the growing population, communities and institutions are choosing the only available technical options that, in the long term, are inaccessible, unaffordable, unsustainable, and not environmentally friendly.

    Access to finance has also been a challenge for sanitation and MHM enterprises and households.

    What Are We Looking for?

    This Hackathon is aimed at identifying technology-based solutions and designs to provide a space for
    creative problem solving of sanitation and/or MHM challenges, and through grant funding, support
    local innovative concepts and ideas through the rapid building and testing a range of low-cost solutions and prototypes.

    The developed solutions will increase the uptake of sanitation and MHM products in the market. Challenges also arise from the limited options available and the differing environments and conditions to which each
    is suited.

    The Hackathon will not only be based on the technical aspects of the technologies, but also on such factors as type of settlements and ownership, financial costs and affordability, design life, scalability, expectations and preferences, institutional capacity, the potential
    for job creation, and environmental considerations.

    The solution(s) should possess the characteristic of sustainable market-based approaches (MBS) to
    sanitation and/or MHM challenges addressing affordability, operation and maintenance, and
    institutional responsibilities.

    Tips for Success

    In response to the call applications should:

  • Adhere to USAID-WKSP’s core values regarding feasibility, scalability, accessibility, and costeffectiveness.

  • Provide inclusive solutions (leaving no one behind) for women, aged, children, Persons with
    Disabilities, etc.

  • Be implementable within the 8 counties covered by USAID-WKSP and within the project’s 5-year period.

  • Be original, creative, sustainable, and commercially viable.

  • Be complementary to existing products and services.

    Who Can Participate?

    We welcome applications from diverse range of applicants. You can apply as an entity / institution or as part of a group / consortium and this includes:

  • Research institutions

  • Learning institutions

  • Non-governmental Organizations

  • Designers, manufacturers, technology firms, social enterprises, entrepreneur and service

  • Technical and Vocational Education and Training Institutions

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; RTI Call for Concept Papers: Innovation in Market Based Sanitation and Menstrual Health Management Activity in Kenya

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