July 26, 2018
NPR's Planet Money interviews economist Molly Lipscomb along with current and former IPA staff, and goes to Senegal to describe our work there. Veteran economics journalist Robert Smith explains how markets for household "desludging" waste removal weren't working, keeping essential services out of many households' reach, and what IPA did about it.
March 01, 2017
For households with latrines in many low-income households, finding an affordable provider to remove the waste in a sanitary way can be difficult. AllAfrica reports on a new program tested by IPA in Senegal to improve sanitation for households there.
October 23, 2015
For many residents, mechanized removal of waste, which costs more than double the price of manual emptying, is too expensive in a country where most people scrape by on less than $3 a day. In one of the first projects of its kind in Africa, Senegal's government and charitable organizations are installing new toilets that turn waste into compost or break down matter with worms in a bid to lower health risks.
October 17, 2015
On a stormy day in Dakar, Tina Gomis, a local woman in Sicap Mbao, laughs at the idea of selling her own excrement to the government. But this may soon become a reality in a city with a reputation for terrible waste management. A pioneering SMS service and waste treatment system is dramatically bringing down sanitation costs in Senegal’s capital and, if successful, may even lead to customers making a small profit from their ordure instead of paying someone to take it away.