Updated Mar 01, 2019

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Gather brings people and data together to solve the urban sanitation crisis. By 2020, we want to provide insight on 15 cities and influence the expansion of services for 26 million people currently without access to sanitation.


John peter Archer

Stage 3: Proof of Concept

In March 2018 we held the world's first urban sanitation data dive to kickstart the creation a data standard for urban sanitation data. Our focus to desilo the sector and improve decision making comes after testing ideas for mapping and data sharing.

Focus Areas:


SanitationSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Kenya, Uganda, Ghana and 10 MoreSEE ALL

Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, India, Madagascar, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Haiti, Mozambique, Peru, Rwanda, Tanzania and ZambiaSEE LESS

Key Partners
Countries Implemented In
Funds Raised to Date


By 2030, 3.2 billion people will live in cities without access to proper sanitation. In 2017, the World Bank reported that poor data had led to an ineffective allocation of resources across the sector. Most crucially, the sector cannot track its progress in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6. Organisations are collecting large quantities of data on operations, but this data is often inaccurate, never shared and not used to understand the state of sanitation in a city.



Our solution is a sector-wide data strategy to change the collection, sharing and use of data. A data standard will create a more open, collaborative and accountable sector that can: a) identify areas of greatest need, b) identify gaps in sanitation service provision and the cost of completing the sanitation value chain, and c) track progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 6.

Target Beneficiaries

Our direct beneficiaries are decision makers within organisations the provider sanitation and organisations that fund sanitation. We are targeting a minimum of 15 sanitation providers across 15 emerging cities with a potential reach of 26 million customers by 2020.

Mission and Vision

Toilets change everything. Gather’s vision is a world where everyone has access to proper sanitation. Our mission is to transform the way organisations use data to help expand sanitation services. By 2020, we want to provide insight for decision makers for 15 emerging cities and influence the expansion of sanitation services for 26 million people living in low income communities who would otherwise not have access to proper sanitation.

Innovation Description

We are combing the power of data standardisation, geospatial analysis and geospatial visualisation to transform the way decisions are made. We are utilising these tried and tested techniques to transform the conversation around data and change the sanitation sector's use of data to improve services for the urban poor.

Competitive Advantage

One of Gather’s key values is collaboration. We have established trust among organisations skeptical about data sharing and gained unique access to previously siloed data sets. This has allowed us to scale our potential sphere of influence from one informal settlement in one city to fifteen emerging cities across the world. Collaboration has also allowed us to leverage the talents, experience and resources of like-minded organisations outside of the sanitation sector and zero cost. Our principle of partnership before product has been unusual but allowed us to really zoom in on fixing an issue that we believe would shift the needle on a global problem.

Planned Goals and Milestones

We are currently forming key partnerships with pioneering sanitation providers to access and analyse their data. We will then collaborate with these providers to create the world's first data standard for urban sanitation data. We want the standard adopted and adopted by a minimum of 5 sanitation providers by the end of 2018 and implemented in 15 cities by 2020.
Funding Goal1,800,000
RecruitIn 2018 we want to hire one data scientist and one lead developer. In 2019 we want to further expand our team
New FeatureIn 2018 we want to create data standard and start to change the data behaviours of sector. In 2019 we want to launch our data sharing platform with inbuilt analysis that helps direct resources to expand sanitation services for eight cities.


Mar 2018
New Product or Service
Data Dive to kickstart creation of data standard for urban sanitation
Mar 2016
New Country Implemented In
Kenya and Uganda
Feb 2016
Funds RaisedPENDING
Jan 2016