Sanitation Investment Tracker (SIT)
The Sanitation Investment Tracker is a suite of applications that can be used by a variety of actors to track investment (and associated expenditure) in sanitation at household level.
The Sanitation Investment Tracker is a suite of applications that can be used to track investment (and associated expenditure) in sanitation at household level. It can be used by a variety of actors (including governments, NGOs, private operators of sanitation services) to help them understand the on-site sanitation market, by knowing who has invested and how much in on-site sanitation. This information is critical for designing, financing and monitoring sanitation programmes as well as providing services to households which have on-site sanitation (such as desludging services).

Why is it needed?
The rationale behind the development of this tool is that data on households’ investment and recurrent expenditure on latrines is currently missing, despite the fact that it often represents a major proportion of total investment in the sanitation sector, and can be higher than government and donor expenditure combined in countries where on-site sanitation predominates (such as in large parts of Sub-Saharan Africa). This information is highly needed by sanitation practitioners, donors, NGOs and policy makers to understand how the sector is currently financed and to inform the development of programs aimed at supporting low-income households in building their own latrines and their related financing strategies.

How did the idea originate?
The Sanitation Investment Tracker originates from the “UpraiseMyLoo” idea developed by Tremolet Consulting, Siraj Tahir from Arup and Taarifa Platform developers. It was awarded first prize at the London Sanitation Hackathon.

What is SIT?

The Sanitation Investment Tracker includes the following suite of applications:

·A data collection application for smartphones powered by AkvoFLOW to obtain data on on-site sanitation facilities, including location, picture, technical design and associated expenditure. All data is fed into an online database, which must be managed by an institution/organization. The application issues a Unique Reference Number (URN) for each latrine when data is first collected that is physically attached to the latrine (e.g. bar code, mark).

·Data analysis tools. From the central database, different reports on households’ facilities and associated investments can be generated for different types of users, e.g. for governments/policy makers, programme managers, latrine emptiers or even users themselves, in response to demand. Data generated by the data collection application mentioned above can be combined with other data sets (such as on related government or NGO expenditure).

·Related “add-on” modules will also be developed, to meet the needs of different programmes. These can include:

A verification application to be used for monitoring purposes or in the context of a “Pay-for-results” programme;
A reporting application (via sms or phone call) for households to provide ongoing information on latrines that have already been tagged (e.g. with information on needs for latrine maintenance or emptying needs).

These applications can be combined in different ways depending on the context and functionalities needed and who might use the tools.

Project Team

The Sanitation Investment Tracker is developed by Tremolet Consulting and, with the support of SHARE. The SHARE research consortium, a DFID funded research consortium focused on sanitation and hygiene running from 2010-2015, is funding part of the development of the SIT app and will be supporting dissemination and learning on the use of SIT and other mobile phone apps for sanitation. Although this material has been funded by UK aid from the Department for International Development (DFID), the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the Department’s official policies.
Android, HTML5, Windows 8
Rural areas - lack of sanitation, Poor access to data, Make sanitation affordable, Governance and sanitation
  • Sanitation, latrine, investment, expenditure, finance, reporting, monitoring, verification, households
Target Users
  • governments, sanitation programme managers for NGOs and donors, sanitation service providers
Available in the following app stores
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