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Scale Up: Mali, Burkina Faso, Nigeria


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Project Proposal


Emergency contexts in Borno, Nigeria, Boucle du Mouhoun Region in Burkina Faso, Ségou Region in Mali

Project objectives

  • Better understanding demand for sustainable, innovative practical solutions supported by tailored behaviour change interventions

  • Better understand the relationship between water scarcity and demand for recycled water

  • Establish production and implementation of the handwashing systems in five countries

  • Develop and implement scale-up strategy for the Gravit`eau Association

  • Developing a clear understanding of the absolute and relative demand for Gravit’eau systems, consulting, and licensing/membership fees

  • Develop an online platform to manage knowledge and increase visibility 

Project description

The project activities cover five different areas:

  1. Further development of the design for local production covering needs of different user groups diversifying the design options and considering the needs of users and implementers

  2. Establishing quality control in local production

  3. Organisational development of the Gravit`eau exploring business model to diversify revenues through consultancy, licensing, membership fees, and on a long term – selling systems for profit

  4. Establishing monitoring concepts using LoRaWAN data transmission systems and low cost sensors to monitor water levels in tanks

Setting up homepage, developing communication materials

Results / Outcomes

Project has started recently. We expect to reach 100`000 people daily in five countries in 5 years with locally produced systems

Handwashing Systems

70 handwashing systems in primary health care facilities, schools, detention centers, chield friendly spaces.

Partners /

Donors /


Partners: Terre des hommes, FHNW, RANAS, Skat Foundation

Donors: Humanitarian Innovation Fund HIF ELRHA, FCDO

Duration: 2021 - 2023

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