The Toilet Challenge - Where Everyone is a Winner


Although there were no African prizewinners from the "Reinvent the Toilet' Challenge, South African Professor Chris Buckley doesn't see his team's project as going to waste."The people who don't have sanitation - those are going to be the winners, said Buckley, from the University of Kwazulu-Natal."
  • Africa:  Bill Gates Names Winners of 'Reinvent the Toilet Challenge'

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 15 August 2012

    Bill Gates today announced the winners of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge—an effort to develop "next-generation" toilets that will deliver safe and sustainable sanitation ... read more »

  • Africa:  Bill Gates on Inventing a Toilet for the 21st Century

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 14 August 2012

    I announced the winners today of the foundation's Reinvent the Toilet Challenge--a competition designed to encourage breakthroughs in clean, affordable sanitation. read more »

Photo Essay

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    Reinvent the Toilet Fair 2012, August 2012

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    A prototype of a toilet designed by researchers from the University of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa. The toilet system safely disposes of pollutants and recovers materials such as water and carbon ... see more »

Video

  • Africa:  Why We Need Foundations at the Table for Sanitation Innovation

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 13 August 2012

    Providing access to sanitation is a critical issue on the WASH spectrum, and one that is intertwined with countless other issue areas, including health, poverty, education, human ... read more »

  • Africa:  South African University to Reinvent the Toilet

    allAfrica.com, 19 July 2011

    The next time you use the toilet, give a thought to what you would do if there weren't one. That's the challenge that faces 40 percent of the earth's population - 2.6 billion ... read more »

  • Kenya:  Why We Need to Re-Invent the Toilet

    Capital FM, 9 August 2012

    I'd like to think I'm beyond giggling when I see "Synthetic Faeces Update" on a meeting agenda. But let's face it, I'm not. At the foundation's main campus in Seattle, Washington, ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Turning Human Waste into Fertilizer Pellet by Pellet

    allAfrica.com, 12 July 2011

    Recycling is increasingly popular in today's ecologically aware world, but in the field of sanitation the "yuk factor" tends to get in the way. Most people recoil from the notion ... read more »

A prototype of a toilet designed by researchers from the University of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa. The toilet system safely disposes of pollutants and recovers water and carbon dioxide from urine in the community bathroom blocks.