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Unlocking Finance for Sanitation in West Africa

Geographies West and Central Africa

Janek Hermann-Friede, Johanna von Toggenburg, Hannah Wuzel, Reto Wey, Juliette Gabrion

Updated 10 Jul 2023
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With the introduction of a Revolving Fund for Sanitation (RFS), UNICEF set out to establish an innovative finance mechanism to contribute to ending open defecation (OD) in Africa. To contribute towards extending improved sanitation in West and Central Africa, the RFS funnels capital into financial institutions to offer a revolving, micro-credit fund to households and sanitation businesses. Since 2017, the RFS was rolled out in Ghana, Nigeria and later Togo. This WASH Field Note presents some of the lessons learned and approaches taken to establish revolving sanitation funds in the three pilot countries. For this purpose, selected insights into the ecosystem background and the functioning of the RFS in each of the three countries are presented. This document further outlines the key elements of a roadmap towards leveraging more commercial capital to scale the RFS. The presented scaling model recognizes that establishing an impact-oriented RFS is a complex and complicated endeavour. The RFS model to scale therefore provides a pathway comprising four main stages. In each of these stages the model provides targets, reference points and establishes milestones related to cost coverage, loan recovery, market reach and impact orientation with the intention to provide guidance to those responsible for either further enhancing existing RFS or establishing new ones.

Janek Hermann-Friede, Johanna von Toggenburg, Hannah Wuzel, Reto Wey, Juliette Gabrion

Updated 10 Jul 2023

Janek Hermann-Friede, Johanna von Toggenburg, Hannah Wuzel, Reto Wey, Juliette Gabrion

Updated 10 Jul 2023
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