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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sustainable Sanitation Solutions for Urban Slums

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Session Description

4.1 billion people in the developing world lack access to sanitation. Of all the MDGs, the access to sanitation is the most off-track. Urban slums, where populations will double to 2 billion people in the next 15 years, are at the epicenter of the sanitation crisis. What can be done? Come share your ideas and learn about the work of Sanergy (, a young social enterprise which builds healthy prosperous communities in East Africa’s urban slums by making hygienic sanitation affordable and accessible for all.

When | Where

11:45 - 13:00 Wednesday, April 15 SBS, Seminar 4

Session leaders

  • David Auerbach Delegate
    Co-Founder, Sanergy
    David Auerbach is a co-founder of Sanergy, a pioneering social enterprise in Nairobi, Kenya which builds healthy, prosperous communities in Africa’s informal settlements by making hygienic sanitation affordable and accessible. Sanergy’s systems-based approach empowers the local community to own and operate sanitation facilities, while Sanergy provides business and operational support to ensure its operators thrive. Sanergy collects and recycles the waste into animal feed and organic fertilizer, which is sold to Kenyan farmers to address the region’s food security challenges. Previously, David ran Partnerships at Endeavor, a non-profit that helps high-impact entrepreneurs in the developing world. He served as the Deputy Chair for Poverty Alleviation at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2005-6. David taught in central China for two years as a Yale-China Teaching Fellow. David began his career at the Center for American Progress. David is an Ashoka, Echoing Green and Rainer Arnhold Fellow. He holds an MBA from MIT and a BA from Yale University. He lives in Nairobi, Kenya.