We are a multidisciplinary collective passionate about global sustainable development. We want to enable a smoother urban transition by co-creating sustainable solutions to the wicked challenges of our world together with various actors and experts.
Wicked challenges are environmental, social and economic problems such as waste, food security, poor sanitation and access to safe water.
We envision a world in which every person enjoys fully his or her human rights and lives in harmony with nature and the environment.
We work with people from different academic and cultural backgrounds to create innovative and sustainable solutions to the wicked problems our world faces today. We focus on re-thinking existing policies and practices to design strategies and initiatives that contribute to a smoother global transition.
What we do
We help urban communities in low-income settlements to build a sustainable future for themselves
We work together with local communities in urban settlements to plan and implement initiatives that aim at addressing the wicked problems. Our first projects are in Tanzania and deal with water, sanitation and agriculture.
Our solutions involve and will always involve a sustainable business aspect. By bringing in entrepreneurship we want to ensure local ownership and make a long term impact.
Improving sanitation by building community capabilities in urban settlements of Tanzania
The project aimed at improving the sanitary situation of people living in informal settlements of Dar es Salaam where around 80% of the population lack proper sanitation and water services. Living in these informal settlements people do not have resources to improve their living conditions.
The project team introduced ecological sanitation technologies and composting methods to the local community and trained them on construction, maintenance and operation of ecosan toilets. With the support of the project local communities built as many as 38 ecosan toilets for low-income families in three informal settlements around Dar es Salaam.
“This project has helped the community. At the beggining, it helped the youth of Keko Machungwa who were in drugs, by giving them life alternatives. Youth learned construction skills and benefitted from one dry toilet that served as a pilot of the dry toilet technology and as an example for the whole community” says Husna Seif Sechonge, leader of the Feferation of Urban Poor and resident of Keko Machungwa.
The project built the grounds for the establishment of a local social enterprise run by local communities to produce fertilizers and soil amendments harvested from ecosan toilets. Members of the project with business knowledge educated and adviced the local community on basic business skills and principles of sustainable economies.
A social enterprise to generate more resources for the local community
The goal of this project is to ensure expansion of business and additional resources to build more sanitation facilities to low income population. The project is developing a sustainable business model focused on ecological farming and sanitation.
We welcome you to work with us and re-think ways to a smoother urban transition
Coming soon: Buy urine collection services in Dar es Salaam
In the near future we will offer the possibility to split the costs of waste collection in Dar Es Salaam with the local community members.
As a citizen from anywhere in the world, you can pay 5 euro or more for the collection and recycling of urine as a fertilizer in Dar es Salaam. It is a meaningful way to participate in making the city lush and healthy for its citizens.
Urine is a perfect fertilizer containing precious minerals and plant nutrients that the world is soon running out of. By paying for the fee for urine collection you participate in changing the way we grow our plants and eat them for the better.
Participate in our projects
We believe in the added value of multidisciplinary teams where different skills, knowledge, experience and cultural background complement each other for a better end result. We invite students, university programs, business experts, architects, designers, social workers or anybody with a passion to re-think urban transition to contribute.
We are constantly looking for teams or individuals to join us for longer or shorter periods – on a voluntary basis or else (depending on the available funds). If you are interested in experimenting and finding solutions for urban problems, or have a ready idea and existing clients, get in touch and share what you have in mind.
Invest in our solutions
We are looking for funding for our future projects. We are a small entity and all our funds will go directly to the on-going projects.
We are a multidisciplinary team working together for a more sustainable world
Zita is a young architect born in France, whose focus is to explore participative ways of doing architecture for a more open and inclusive process of planning and creations, and allow a constructive dialogue between the architect and the citizen.
Nathaly is an internationally-minded professional born in Colombia, expert on global development and sustainable business. She is specially interested on issues concerning inclusion, human rights and entrepreneurship. Currently she is a Project Coordinator at Abilis Foundation and she is conducting a PhD research on development and disability studies in the University of Helsinki.
Marleen is a PhD researcher at the Aalto University School of Business with a Dutch-German background. The focus of her research is on collaborative sustainability innovating. This means that she is studying how innovations in the low-income context are developed when different stakeholders work together. For her studies she has lived in Tanzania and India, and has work experience from both the public and private sector.