About

The founding thought for the German Toilet Organization (GTO) was sparked in 2004, during reconstruction work after the devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia: It became apparent that most organisations lacked the necessary expertise to successfully implement sustainable sanitation – and many neglected the issue altogether. GTO was created on 31 October 2005, as a body, which puts sanitation in the spotlight and helps others to improve their work in this field.

Vision

All people have access to a sustainable and safe sanitation and water supply in accordance with human rights and independently practice basic principles of hygiene.

Scope of Work

As a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation, GTO is active in the fields of development cooperation, humanitarian assistance, as well as health and environmental protection.

Mode of Operandi

GTO is a thematic organisation. Although it was initially started to tackle the international sanitation crisis, GTO is committed to empowering and helping all persons affected by inadequate sanitation, water supply and hygiene, regardless of whether they live abroad or in Germany. This means that GTO is able to transfer domestic sanitation experience to international settings and vice versa – unlike any other organisation.

The challenges of the global sanitation crisis are complex and overwhelming; solving them requires well-coordinated efforts from all stakeholders. GTO is active in a wide range of networks and cooperates with a large number of public and government institutions, companies and other organisations. In doing so, GTO usually acts as a mediator and multiplier. By strengthening the issue and helping other actors make an improved contribution to sustainable sanitation, water supply and hygiene, GTO achieves the greatest possible positive impact with a very efficient use of resources.

Areas of Activity

GTO uses its numerous contacts, methodological competencies and extensive expertise in campaigns, child and youth education, adult education, policy work and technical support to improve sanitation, water supply and hygiene – thereby protecting human dignity, health and the environment.

  1. GTO disseminates its comprehensive expertise on sanitation and hygiene. It gathers, prepares and disseminates expertise in a targeted and needs-based manner, for example in training courses for employees of other organisations.
    Visit the Capacity Development section

  2. GTO breaks the toilet taboo and strengthens political will. Through campaigns, events and networking, the GTO supports decision-makers and politicians in creating the necessary structural conditions for "sanitation for all" to become a reality.
    Visit the policy section

  3. GTO is committed to safe, clean and hygienic school toilets. Competition formats, teaching materials and development education concepts mobilise students and adults in their communities to improve sanitation in schools.
    Visit the school section

History
Team
Schools
Svenja Ksoll
Svenja Ksoll
  • Project Coordinator WASH in schools
Schools
Beatrice Lange
Beatrice Lange
  • Project Coordinator Global Learning
Capacity Development
Robert Gensch
Robert Gensch
  • Senior Project Coordinator WASH Capacity Development
Capacity Development
Alexandra Höhne
Alexandra Höhne
  • WASH Expert
  • Project Coordinator WASH Capacity Development
Policy
Johannes Rück
Johannes Rück
  • Deputy Managing Director
Policy
Jona Toetzke
Jona Toetzke
  • Project Coordinator Policy
Organization
Thilo Panzerbieter
Thilo Panzerbieter
  • Executive Director
Organization
Caroline Mellos
Caroline Mellos
  • Assistant to the Executive Director
  • Project Assistance
Organization
Manuela Fuchs
Manuela Fuchs
  • Assistant to the Executive Director
  • on parental leave
Organization
Hélène Cordes
Hélène Cordes
  • Project Assistance Finance
  • Project Assistance
Organization
Klaus Panzerbieter
Klaus Panzerbieter
  • Volunteering Treasurer
Organization
Jan-Hendrik Schmidt
Jan-Hendrik Schmidt
  • Communication Designer
Organization
Shadi Herrmann
Shadi Herrmann
  • Junior Project Assistance
Organization
Fabian Weinert
Fabian Weinert
  • Junior Project Assistance
Board
Dr. Reinhard Marth
Dr. Reinhard Marth
  • Board Member
Board
Barbara Wagner
Barbara Wagner
  • Board Member
Board
Dr. Kilian Langenbach
Dr. Kilian Langenbach
  • Board Member
External Supporters
Dr. Tom Keating
Dr. Tom Keating
  • Senior Educational Expert
External Supporters
Stefan Hampel
Stefan Hampel
  • Technical Adviser