TRANSFORM – a joint initiative between
Unilever, DFID and EY – is offering support to water utilities in sub-Saharan
Africa to develop innovative ideas to meet the sanitation needs of underserved
consumers in urban areas.
We are calling for applications from pioneering
water utilities and their partners to create proposals for innovative, scalable
urban sanitation solutions. Two successful applicants will be awarded a budget
of up to £250,000 in funding, in addition to in-kind support from Unilever and
EY over a 12-18 month period.
What is TRANSFORM?
TRANSFORM is a unique joint impact
initiative between Unilever, DFID and EY. To improve the lives of low-income
households, we blend funding and expert support to deliver market-based
solutions to the world’s biggest development challenges. We have supported 50
social enterprises in 11 countries.
All three organisations have an ambition to
tap into private sector creativity and scalable commercial approaches to solve
difficult development challenges.
TRANSFORM contributes to Unilever’s mission
to make sustainable living commonplace, DFID’s goal to promote sustainable
development and eliminate world poverty, and EY’s mission to accelerate the
growth of impact enterprises and build a better working world.
Who can apply?
We encourage joint applications from
utilities with their partners (NGOs, academics, consultants, and funders) based
in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania,
Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The funding can be divided between the partners,
but the lead applicant must be a utility.
We encourage applications that include
women in their key implementation team.
Why should I
Are you an innovator in sanitation? Would
you like support to bring new ideas to life that meet the sanitation needs of
underserved consumers? Let us provide funding and guidance to springboard your ideas
with our support, capabilities and networks.
We believe that utilities are key
organisations with the necessary relationships, organisational capabilities and
infrastructure to lead the way in sanitation for all. Utilities are well placed
to innovate and lead on creating on-site commercial sanitation solutions that
people will use, leading to cleaner, healthier communities.
How to apply
To apply, utilities and
collaborators must submit an application presenting an innovative, scalable
urban sanitation business model or idea. The deadline for applications is 16
March at 9pm GMT.
Download the application here;
email completed applications to email@example.com. You will receive an email
Applications will be selected by 30 March, 9pm GMT with
a request to submit a full proposal with a budget and timeline by 13 April, 9pm
GMT. Please find the scoring criteria here.
Two challenge winners will be notified by 30 April, 9pm
GMT with full/quarterly/monthly funding dispersal beginning on 25 May.
You can find more information here.
Please email us any further questions.