This Resource Center curates the growing number of publications and resources that highlight the effectiveness of small water enterprises. This is a step toward building a community of practice that harnesses the know-how, market knowledge, and resources needed to improve and scale small water enterprises globally. We value the sharing of information, and invite you to e-mail us with any materials you believe will be helpful to others.
The Untapped Potential of Decentralized Solutions to Provide Safe, Sustainable Drinking Water at Large Scale
Dalberg Jan. 2017
This report argues that new approaches are needed to achieve the U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 6.1 by 2030. Through the analysis of 14 different small water enterprises, the report uncovers bottlenecks to scale and sustainability.
Beyond One-Size-Fits-All: Lessons Learned from Eight Water Utility Public-Private Partnerships in the Philippines
Water and Sanitation Program
There is no magic bullet approach to water utility PPPs in the Philippines. Different arrangements can lead to affordable, reliable, and clean water services, provided there is sufficient market size and willingness to pay. The art of the deal matters more for success than the checklist of steps.
Rethinking Sustainability, Scaling Up, and Enabling Environment: A Framework for Their Implementation in Drinking Water Supply
Amjad, U., Ojomo, E., Downs, K., Cronk, R., and Bartram, J.
Effective use of the terms sustainability, scaling up, and enabling environment would focus on purpose, process, and perspective. This is the first known attempt to analyze the implementation of the three terms together in the context of water supply services.
The network's first regional market landscape report provides a comprehensive overview of the impact investing industry in South Asia where the industry is relatively young, with varying degrees of market development across countries, but shows significant potential for impact investing.
High Stakes Donor Collaborations. Stanford Social Innovation Review
Seldon, W., Tierney, T., & J. & Fernando, G.
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Donor collaboration can accelerate and multiply change, but it is unusual given the personal nature of philanthropy. Lessons to donors on high stake collaboratives are grouped by three strategies: accessing expertise, pursuing system-level change, and aggregating growth capital.
With the challenge to make 112 million toilets accessible to India by 2019, players from various sectors need to come together and discuss issues of resources, hygiene, sustainability, and technology. This is a report on the discussion of the first India WASH Summit.
Increasing Private Capital Investment into Energy Access: The Case for Mini-grid Pooling Facilities
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Minigrids are an environmentally friendly way to provide electricity to communities that previously had none. However, there are a number of complex risks that investors need to overcome to sustainably develop minigrids and help communities increase productivty and improve health.
TrackFin Initiative: Tracking Financing to Drinking Water- Sanitation and Hygiene.
UN Water; WHO
TrackFin Initiative tests a globally accepted method to track financing for the WASH sector at a national level. Initial findings have revealed that no such system exists outside this group, and that countries are interested in tracking the finances of this sector.
Benefits and Costs of the Water Sanitation and Hygiene Targets for the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Copenhagen Consensus Center
The benefit-cost ratio for basic water supply varies across regions, with global ratios of 3.4 in urban areas and 6.8 in rural areas. Ratios are in general higher for poorer populations. The economic value is due to saved access time, health care, health-related productivity and averted mortality.
Benin – Innovative Public Private Partnerships for Rural Water Services Sustainability: A Case Study
Sylvain Adokpo Migan with Tremolet Consulting
Water and Sanitation Program; International Finance Corporation; World Bank Group
Benin developed an arrangement for service provision that can move rural water supply along the path towards sustainability. This case study provides evidence of the possibilities for attracting private sector engagement in piped rural water systems, and identifies sustainability challenges.
De-centralized Electricity in Africa and Southeast Asia: Issues and Solutions
Accenture Development Partnerships
Around the world, almost a quarter of the worlds population or 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity. The Smart Power for Rural Development model has substantial potential for adaptation and scale in the decentralized renewable energy mini-grid market of sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.