EY collaboratively launches sanitation innovation challenge across Africa

02 March 2020 Consultancy.africa

EY has teamed up with global consumer goods company Unilever and the UK Department for International Development to organise the Utilities Sanitation Challenge, designed to support innovative companies across Africa that are working on sanitation solutions in the region. The collaboration between the three entities has been labeled TRANSFORM.

The scope of the programme encompasses a range of large African economies, including Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The challenge will have two winners, who will receive financial support amounting to more than $320,000.

Big Four accounting and advisory firm EY will also provide guidance and mentorship to the firm, as well Unilever. The mentorship will extend from anywhere between a year and 18 months, as long as it takes for the solution to deliver tangible results. The firms are now accepting applications for the challenge.

EY collaboratively launches sanitation innovation challenge across Africa

The firms expect proposals that describe innovative solutions for urban sanitation that are scalable in large African economy. TRANSFORM is looking to support the poorest segments in some of Africa’s largest economies, in order to ensure that economic growth and urbanisation doesn’t create unlivable conditions for these groups.

The trio is looking to support development initiatives across Africa, having already lent their support to 50 social enterprises across 11 African economies. TRANSFORM operates on the principle that the private sector has the creativity and drive to solve social problems, and is willing to support them with this mission.

“Sanitation is a big issue for many cities across sub-Saharan Africa. We believe that utilities are key to solving this development challenge” said Richard Wright, Director of Behavioural Science at Unilever.

Not only do they possess the relationships, organisational capabilities and the necessary infrastructure to lead the way in innovating, but they also have a deep and crucial understanding of their communities. They are well placed to lead on creating on-site sanitation solutions that people will use and pay for, even the poorest,” said Richard Wright, Director of Behavioural Science at Unilever,” he added.


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