Water Essentials

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.

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Strengthening Community Water Supply through Public-Private Partnerships

Safe Water Network
May. 2018

This report, developed in partnership with the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF), assesses the enabling environment and outlines policy recommendations for public-private partnerships (PPPs) to deliver safely managed water throughout Ghana.

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Microbiological Assessment of Sachet Water from Five Regions in Ghana

Lydia Mosi, Samuel Mawuli Adadey, Sandra Akoley Sowah, Charles Yeboah
Apr. 2018

Sachet water, which is often referred to as “pure water” in Ghana, has become ubiquitous in most Ghanaian households. Assessing the microbiological quality of 41 brands of sachet water sampled in 16 districts across five regions in Ghana, data suggests that microbiological quality of sachet water from some sources has not yet attained levels that make it absolutely pure and wholesome for consumption.

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Price Change and Station Performance in Ghana

Safe Water Network
Safe Water Network
Mar. 2018

This addition to Safe Water Network's Field Insight series examines the impact of price increases on station performance and inclusiveness in Ghana. Fifteen months after an April 2016 price increase, analysis suggests that sales volumes are on the road to recovery. Furthermore, convenience and socio-economic status appear to be key contributors to consumer resilience in the face of such price changes.

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Ghana Water Enterprise Trust: Structuring for Growth and Sustainability

Safe Water Network
Safe Water Network
Mar. 2018

Part of Safe Water Network's Spotlight series, this document describes the organization's continued work to develop a Ghana Water Enterprise Trust, a dedicated Ghanaian funding and oversight vehicle that will provide long-term governance, financial stewardship, and funding for small water enterprises.

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Reaching the Last Mile: Innovative Business Models for Inclusive Development

Elaine Tinsley, Natalia Agapitova
World Bank Group
Mar. 2018

This report, which features Safe Water Network, examines the experience of more than 300 social enterprises—catalogued into more than 40 business models—that have developed market-based solutions for service delivery to the poor in several sectors: education, energy, health, waste, water, and sanitation.

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State of Urban Water and Sanitation in India

TERI University
Oct. 2017

This report aims to document India's progress in strengthening water and sanitation services in its cities. Chapter 9, entitled "Drinking Water Supply for Urban Poor: Role of Urban Small Water Enterprises," was contributed by Safe Water Network.

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Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage: Measurement and Private Sector Participation

Safe Water Network
Oct. 2017

This report describes an assessment of household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS) promotional activities carried out by the Government of Ghana and UNICEF, in collaboration with Safe Water Network, in an effort to identify strategies and guidelines, the skill capability of HWTS promoters, and private-sector participation in HWTS promotion.

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Reducing Water Station Operational Costs Through Mobile Monitoring

GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities
Aug. 2017

This GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities report examines results from an Innovation Fund grant awarded to Safe Water Network which centered on the reduction of water station operational costs through mobile monitoring.

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Har Ghar Jal by 2030: Current Status and Next Steps

Sewak P., Chowdhury S., Ghosh P.
Safe Water Network
Jun. 2017

This report, prepared by Safe Water Network India and KMPG in consultation with and under the guidance of the Government of India's Ministry of Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation. This report is a critical step in designing policy intervention of the National Rural Drinking Water Program as the country focuses on reaching safe drinking water for all by 2030.

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Water Sector, Business and the Need

Ravindra Sewak
EverythingAboutWater
Jun. 2017

Written by Safe Water Network's India Country Director, Ravindra Sewak, this article argues that India’s national water policies should recognize and adequately address the country’s significant water challenges, and include plans for the future.

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