Charity vs. Market Development in the Emerging World
Wednesday, October 9
11:25AM - 11:40AM
Austin Convention Center Austin Suite
iDE Global Water Sanitation & Hygiene - WASH Program Coord, Cambodia
American Standard Brands - VP of R&D
American Standard and the International Development Enterprises (iDE) propose to provide a case study discussion on recent work in Bangladesh to improve health and welfare by introducing new latrine technologies into the region, and by working to build a market for products versus focusing exclusively on charitable work. It’s a big task that has a lot of nuance, including the idea of making sanitation aspirational when poverty drives such decisions as a "toilet vs. a cow."
The project began in 2011 when American Standard Brands partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop and test a low-cost, prefabricated toilet system. Speakers will focus on the decision process, which includes the question of whether you innovate something new and different rather than trying to fund impossibly big hurdles like pipe infrastructure, and doing good humanitarian work while seeding a marketplace for not only product but product experts/jobs (pipefitters and the like).
- Event Type:
- Straight to the Point
- Development Public-Private Partnership International
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