This is a guide to all things at the intersection of Sanitation, Singapore and social change. Feel free to edit if you’d like to improve it!


Read the article 50 years of sanitation in Singapore. See also Sanitation Articles and Sanitation Events.

Key People

Names are provided alphabetically, with links provided to LinkedIn accounts where available, else Facebook. Expertise in this area is based on past or current experience, and if there is a link to Singapore in some way.

Andrew Koh, Geraldine Ang, Jack Sim, Jordan Soh, Koh Lian Hock, Lim Chee Leong, Nikki Shaw, Tan Puay Hoon

International Conventions & Networks

World Toilet Organization is a global non- profit organization committed to improving toilet and sanitation conditions worldwide. The WTO site maintains a listing of various sanitation organisations around the world.

Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) is a lose worldwide network of more than 100 partner organisations who share a common vision on sustainable sanitation. SuSanA came into existence in early 2007 and works as a coordination platform, working platform, sounding board, contributor to the policy dialogue on sustainable sanitation and as a “catalyst”.

SG Networks & Associations

Restroom Association (Singapore) is a non-profit organization which advocates for clean public toilets.

SG Organisations & Companies

Lien Aid is a non-governmental organization that seeks to build a firm foundation for human development by making safe water and sanitation accessible and affordable to poor communities in Asia.

World Toilet College helps fulfill WTO's commitment to reducing the number of people without access to safe sanitation, and improving toilets and sanitation conditions globally, through capacity building and training. It provides in-house and on-site training in toilet design and maintenance, disaster and emergency sanitation, and sustainable sanitation solutions including development (bottom of the pyramid) sanitation, school sanitation and ecological sanitation. It runs the Water and Sanitation for Development and Emergencies course.

Key Projects

To put the spotlight on sanitation the UN General Assembly declared the year 2008 the International Year of Sanitation. The goal is to raise awareness and to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target to reduce by half the proportion of the 2,6 billion people without access to basic sanitation by 2015.

LOO (Let's Observe Ourselves) campaign aims to spruce up 70% of local public toilets to a minimum 3-star Happy Toilet rating by 2010.

LOO Awards recognise any organisations and individuals who have contributed to help Singapore achieve a world recognised standard of restroom cleanliness.

Videos & Publications

The Children of Mekong is a multimedia project that hopes to humanise water and sanitation issues in rural Asia. It covers floating communities in Cambodia, Vietnam’s rice fields and China’s mountain villages, showing life in places where access to potable water and toilets remains a pipe dream. This project was commissioned by Lien Aid, a Singapore-based NGO that seeks to build a firm foundation for human development by making safe water and sanitation accessible and affordable to poor communities in Asia. You can find all the videos on Logue’s Vimeo site.

The WTO site maintains a listing of useful sanitation publications.

International Year of Sanitation Flagship Publication

Restroom Association Singapore’s channel on YouTube

Documentary series Architects of Change featured Jack Sim, the founder of World Toilet Organization and Board Member of Lien Aid, as a pioneer of social change.

‘The Demon in the Water’ is a photo exhibition showcasing the works of Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Film & Media Studies students while on a reporting trip to Cambodia, to raise awareness of the water sanitation problems that developing countries face. Three poignant films in the attached DVD capture the personal stories of three Cambodians and how the water and sanitation crisis has affected their lives.

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