On 10 December 2014, UNESCO-IHE received the Africa Water Leadership Award 2014 in the category “Most Innovative New Technology of the Year” for its eSOS Smart Toilet.
The smart toilet presents a new generation of toilets for emergency sanitation and is part of the eSOS emergency sanitation concept developed by UNESCO-IHE in cooperation with FLEX/the INNOVATIONLAB and Systech.ba. The award was received by Prof. Damir Brdjanovic, inventor of the eSOS concept, at the ceremony in Mauritius.
The Africa Leadership Awards is an annual international event that covers various institutional and individual categories of businesses and leaderships recognizing and rewarding outstanding examples of the best practices from and about Africa.
Earlier this year, eSOS Smart Toilet was recognized as innovation with an impact by the Federation of Dutch Creative Industries being called an example of the inspiring and innovative crossovers with the creative industries operating in the key sectors named by the Dutch Government.