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Getting things done with Ecotact

Vortrags- und Diskussionsabend

29. Oktober 2010 16:00 
The 5. evening  of our events series  „Getting things done with …“ Social entrepreneurship and sustainable development .

On Friday, 29 October 2010, from 4 to 6 pm at the  "Literaturhaus Köppen" (Bahnhofstraße 4, 17489 Greifswald)


  • David Kuria (founder of Ecotact and ikotoilet. thinking beyond a toilet, Kenya)
  • Noa Lerner (creator of x runner. privacy.dignity.sanitation, Germany)

about  „An ikotoilet on its way through Kenya“.

No entrance fee. Discussions will be in English.

David Kuria is creating high-quality sanitation facilities accessible to the urban poor. Because he sees sanitation as an aspect of the dignity of the community, he includes the community in the design, construction, and management of the facilities called “ikotoilet”. David Kuria runs EcoTact Limited, an organization with a groundbreaking approach to a difficult issue. In many poor parts of Africa, basic sanitation is nonexistent, and open sewers drain untreated waste directly into the water supply, causing 80% of the diseases. David Kuria has made sanitation facilities a profitable venture for the urban poor as well as the business community, by collecting dues and providing for innovative financing schemes in collaboration with local and international financial institutions and funding partners. (<>)

Noa Lerner is the creator of x-runner, a portable toilet specifically designed for the private households in poor urban areas, where the population does not own the land, lives in small, crowded spaces, and where a sewage system is non-existent. The x-runner team is an international and interdisciplinary team that joined forces to challenge the worldwide sanitation crisis.

GETIDOS (Getting things done sustainably) is an interdisciplinary research group investigating the contribution of social entrepreneurs to sustainable development in the water sector. From 2009 through 2013, the group will research initiatives in sanitation and water supply, in order to identify patterns of systemic change. GETIDOS is located at the Institute for Ecological Economy Research in Berlin and the University of Greifswald. GETIDOS is sponsored in the context of the program Social-ecological Research  of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Social Entrepreneurs are people, who work on a positive societal change, aiming to find innovative entrepreneurial solutions for urgent social problems and to put those solutions into practice.