The second phase of the study commenced in April 2019 and involves application of pilot projects. Funding is provided by UNDP and Limak Holding, a Turkish infrastructure investor, amongst others. Two pilot projects have already been planned with the stakeholders. Two working groups involving the relevant Turkish Ministries and other solution partners will be formed to design and implement the pilot projects.

  • The first pilot will be on implementing a new non-sewage portable toilet design. This pilot will bring together, as “challenge owners”, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Water, Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) team, which is working on non- sewage sanitation technologies, and Eczacıbaşı Vitra, a major sanitation systems manufacturer based in Turkey. The pilot project will run a challenge to invite systems entrepreneurs to combine both global and local technology and design, and test commercialization of user-friendly non-sewage toilet systems in seasonal agricultural worker camps. Significant portion of these workers are refugees.
  • The second pilot will be on developing new applications on a digital identification ecosystem to provide access to basic services and livelihood opportunities to a selected group of refugees and will be conducted in cooperation with UNDP. It will combat the challenges surrounding the lack of formal identification, allowing refugees to access services, job opportunities and provide employers information of expertise and accreditation.

The feasibility report and the progress achieved in the pilot phase as well as the full structure of the SDG Impact Accelerator will be announced at the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in September 2019 as well as at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos in January 2020.