Wazoku Crowd International Rescue Committee Prize Challenge: Safe and Desirable Female Toilets in Refugee Camps

Closing Date: 01/08/2023

Innovation challenge seeking ideas for low-cost solutions to retrofit toilet blocks in refugee camps, and other temporary accommodation in emergency settings, with improved lighting and locking to enhance security for female refugees.

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This Wazoku Crowd Prize Challenge – Safe and Desirable Female Toilets in Refugee Camps – has been put forward by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to seek innovative ideas for low-cost solutions to retrofit toilet blocks in refugee camps, and other temporary accommodation in emergency settings, with improved lighting and locking to enhance security for female refugees.

The toilet blocks in refugee camps and temporary accommodation are often unlighted and without proper safety measures (inadequate or broken doors and locks) which make them especially unsafe and insecure for women and girls.

In order to increase toilet usage, feelings of safety and security, and reduce incidents, the IRC are searching for new solutions with which to retrofit existing toilets around lighting, locking, and alerting. The IRC are looking to provide a tamper-proof lock, renewable-powered lighting, and data monitoring to toilet facilities in displacement camps.

The IRC is looking for ideas around three key categories of a long-term solution:

  • Lighting: automatic and dimmable lighting, irremovable, and powered by renewable energy
  • Locking: methods to lock and provide secure, tamper-proof cubicles that offer privacy and comfort
  • Alerting: systems for alerting when toilet is in use and when in need of maintenance

Proposed solutions must cost significantly less than $20 USD if focusing on one category only, and a maximum of $20 USD if it satisfies all three categories.

Funding body Wazoku Crowd
Maximum value 10,000 USD
Reference ID S25331
Category Engineering and Physical Sciences
Fund or call Fund