The FINISH programme is implemented by WASTE/FINISH SOCIETY for Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS) since 2009. It was conceived with the objective of enabling the emergence of a rural society whose health is improved not only through better sanitation facilities but also by an improved knowledge and awareness of the concept of "Total Sanitation". The unique selling point of the program is demand generation. The goal is to build 500,000 safe sanitation system in India by the end of 2015.
According to the latest report, every three minutes, one toilet is built through FINISH (on 24/7, 365/365 basis). Besides, FINISH managed to leverage government subsidy by 1:20 (much higher than original target of 1:10) through some 65 local partners. Starting with generation of demand for sanitation by using methods that are quite similar to those used by large consumer corporates, a number of sizable pilots have started that meet the thus generated demand for sanitation.
For instance in the district of Dungarpur (Rajasthan), FINISH SOCIETY is leveraging vendor credit to bridge this working capital need. In the past six months in this district alone, vendors have given credit of INR 30M (nearly € 400,000) in 2013-14. The idea is to expand this further to other project areas. Other sizeable pilots will be reported upon in the next newsletter.
FINISH had its PMB (programme management board meeting) in July, India. As the end of the programme is nearing the main issue on the agendas was the sustainability of the sanitation program after 2015 with the following focus:
- Expansion on the supply side (aggregator) to reduce cost of sanitation system, so that sanitation system would be more affordable for everyone
- Financial inclusion
- Reuse of human excreta and create value in the satiation value chain