Opinion Pieces Discuss World Toilet Day, Importance Of Sanitation As Development Goal

HuffPost: The toilet economy
Carl Manlan, economist, chief operating officer at the Ecobank Foundation, and a 2016 New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute

“…[W]e need to integrate and find solutions to increasing awareness and toilet usage, decreasing cost through innovative financing and addressing poor levels of service of public utilities, and resolving issues about logistics and transport. Most specifically, there is a need to integrate mobile money expansion to channel resources to support cashless transactions to pay for toilet usage, latrine emptying, and possible innovative public private purpose schemes. Ultimately, if we want to drive transformation through [the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)], we need to make sanitation an added benefit of financial inclusion to generate interest, resources, and solve the public health problems that are eroding gains made under the Millennium Development Goals” (11/17).

HuffPost: On World Toilet Day, Human Waste Makes a Comeback
Chris W. Williams, executive director of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council

“…[O]ur urban and rural sanitation and wastewater services, especially in developing countries, are not effectively preventing human contact with excreta — our poo — along the entire sanitation chain. This puts the health of all people — but especially young children — at risk for diseases such as diarrhea … [as well as] cholera, dysentery, hepatitis A, and typhoid. … This World Toilet Day looked beyond achieving sanitation for all as an end but at making access to safe and improved sanitation and hygiene sustainable for all. … On World Toilet Day, we’re reminded that our planet needs practical and alternative solutions to provide safe sanitation for all. It is our collective responsibility to make this a development priority” (11/17).