World Toilet Organization

Working for better toilet and sanitation conditions

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428A Race Course Road Singapore 218674 T +65 6352 8921 F +65 6352 1392 E online@worldtoilet.org
SG Singapore
Web http://www.worldtoilet.org/
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About the project Edit

World Toilet Organization (WTO) is a global non-profit organization committed to improving toilet and sanitation conditions worldwide. WTO is also one of the few organizations to focus on toilets instead of water, which receives more attention and resources under the common subject of sanitation. It was founded in 2001 by Jack Sim, or Toiletman, as he humorously introduces himself, after decades of being a successful entrepreneur in the construction business. Mr. Sim realized that the lack of adequate sanitation facilities account for much of the world’s social and health problems. WTO’s vision is to attain clean, safe, affordable, ecologically sound, and sustainable sanitation for everyone.

Launched at the inaugural World Toilet Summit and starting with just 15 members associations from Singapore, it now has 235 member organizations in 58 countries working towards eliminating the toilet taboo and delivering sustainable sanitation. WTO was created as a global network and service platform wherein all toilet and sanitation organizations can learn from one another and leverage on media and global support that in turn can influence governments to promote sound sanitation and public health policies. WTO is the organizer of World Toilet Summits and World Toilet Expo and Forum. WTO also declared its founding day of November 19 as "World Toilet Day" and this is now being celebrated by members all over the world. In 2005, WTO started the world's first World Toilet College (WTC) providing training in toilet design, maintenance, school sanitation and disaster Sanitation and implementation of sustainable sanitation systems.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

WTO is the first organization created that is dedicated to sanitation issues. WTO also has its own approach to tackle sanitation issues. Its model is based on leveraging external partners' strengths. They look for operating partners, align their interests with them and let them have the limelight. WTO has 8 staff working as Secretariat but their role is more as facilitators rather than implementors. By doing so, they add value to their partners, who get motivated and eventually take over the project, leaving WTO free to move on to the next big idea. This way, WTO's resources become almost unlimited.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Throught its numerous actions, WTO is increasing awareness and generating local action for better sanitation. In addition to advocacy, capacity building and sanitation projects, WTO is now driving a market-based strategy to address the dysfunctional sanitation market for the poor, by installing efficient market infrastructure. Sanitation brings benefits of health and dignity to humanity especially to the slums, and rural areas. Promotion of ecological sanitation through recycling of excreta helps prevent environmental pollution into water ways.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

WTO also has development projects involving toilet construction for tsunami victims in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, rural schools in China, and more.

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