The National Sanitation Utility of Senegal (ONAS) set up the Program for the Structuring of the Fecal Sludge Market to improve the fecal sludge industry and ensure its profitability in peri-urban areas of Dakar, Senegal's capital city.
Since 2011, the Government of Senegal has focused on creating an inclusive and sustainable value chain. ONAS has introduced an Omni Processor prototype capable of converting fecal sludge into energy, water and ashes; established a call center that directly connects emptying operators to households and helps eliminate manual emptying; created a guarantee fund that helps operators access funding for truck repairs and licensing compliance requirements; and set-up a delegation system that transferred fecal sludge management facility maintenance and operating to private operators based on their financials, technical capacities and environmental requirements.
After seven years of implementation, ONAS is preparing to scale the program to other regions, thus improving the living conditions of populations in urban centers across Senegal. Convinced that on-site sanitation is one of the key pillars for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ONAS strives to reach equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, while paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations.