Local Solutions, Global Impact

The growing global crises on climate, food, and health, wrapped up within the demographic trend of urbanisation, demands innovative and cost-effective circular solutions that lead to sustainable growth, supporting the SDGs. The Safisana Foundation was established in 2009 to promote innovation, acceleration and partnerships to maximise the social, economic and environmental impact of Safisana's circular business model in low and middle-income countries.

The Safisana Foundation safeguards the ambition and vision of the Safisana Group, which is to improve living conditions in non-sewered urban areas by building a network of locally embedded and managed recycling plants that combine local waste treatment and sanitation services with the production of renewable energy and organic fertiliser.  The Safisana plant in Ashaiman in Ghana was the first waste-to-resource plant of its kind in West Africa when it opened its doors in 2017. The recycling plant currently serves over 50.000 people with improved sanitation, health and hygiene, less direct exposure to waste and pollution of air, soil and water, and increased availability of renewable energy and electricity,  and organic fertiliser. 

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Did you know?  

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95%

of all wastewater in developing countries is not treated; faecal waste is often pumped directly into the sea; litter attracts nuisance animnals spreading diseases

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Only 31%

of the global population (2.4 billion people) used private sanitation facilities connected to sewers with treated wastewater

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842,000

Each year, 842,000 people worldwide die from poor water, sanitation, and hygiene.

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840 mln

 people still live without electricity. In sub-Saharan Africa 573 million people still live in the dark.
(UN, 2017)

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Only 28%

of global total energy consumption in 2020 was covered by renewables

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10%

At least 10% of the world’s population is thought to consume food irrigated by wastewater.

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Soil Nutrient Depletion

Soil nutrient depletion, due to the intensification of land use for agricultural production, is a serious threat to food security in developing countries. It adversely reduces crop yield and consequently poses a potential threat to global food production and agricultural sustainability. Consumption of crops grown in low-nutrient soil can lead to deficiencies of minerals and micronutrients in humans.

Safisana to the future: a Growing Ripple Effect

 

 The Safisana Foundation is the knowledge base and accelerator for the scale-up of the Safisana circular model across low- and middle-income countries.  The foundation focuses on capacity strengthening,  innovation, knowledge sharing and awareness-raising. We promote and initiate partnerships with national and local governments, civil society organisations, international NGOs, the private sector, research and academia to multiply the Safisana ripple in non-sewered urban areas across the African continent. For more information on our business model, please visit www.safisana.org

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'In many low and middle income countries poor waste management puts a huge pressure on the natural environment, public health, and related governmental budgets. Global urbanisation will only intensify this problem over the next decade, unless we support governments, utilities and IFI’s to address this problem.'

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Aart van den Beukel
Managing Director and Founder of Safisana 

'In many low and middle income countries poor waste management puts a huge pressure on the natural environment, public health, and related governmental budgets. Global urbanisation will only intensify this problem over the next decade, unless we support governments, utilities and IFI’s to address this problem.'  

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Aart van den Beukel
Managing Director and Founder of Safisana 
Chair Board Safisana Holding

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Our Strategic Partners

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Our Funding Partners

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Our Knowledge Partners

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Local Solutions, Global Impact 

Contact

Safisana Foundation, The Netherlands
+31 (0)294 773857
info@safisana.org
Stationsplein 30
PO Box 5064, 1382 CB  Weesp

RSIN: 8221.97.571

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