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Practice brief outlining how supply chain strengthening initiatives, tailored to the rural Bhutanese context, have been developed as part of an integrated approach.

TitleDeveloping the sanitation supply chain : lessons from Bhutan
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsAsia, SNV, IRC
Pagination8 p.
Date Published07/2015
PublisherSNV Bhutan and IRC
Place PublishedThimphu, Bhutan
Publication LanguageEnglish

The role of market-based approaches, including sanitation marketing, in accelerating access to sanitation is increasingly recognised in the sector.

However, contexts in which the private sector is not well established and customers may be sparse present particular challenges. This practice brief outlines how supply chain strengthening initiatives, tailored to the rural Bhutanese
context, have been developed as part of an integrated approach and highlights the lessons learnt in achieving the following:

  • Creating access to information on technology options, associated costs and contact details of suppliers of sanitation related goods and services
  • Creating access to packaged toilet products by encouraging the setting up of one-stop shops which include transportation services
  • Creating access to skilled masonry services in areas where these skills have not generally been available or have been limited
  • Encouraging and enabling retailers to provide credit services to their customers.




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