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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Journeys for Water: Survival Strategies in Urban India

Bhushan, G., Gupta, N., Fuqua, J.
frog

To understand the value of clean drinking water in India, the report studies the politics, rituals, and practices that exist around drinking water, specifically a slum in Delhi. It also explores existing water delivery systems and the potential of introducing new ones.

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Smart Micro-Grids

Harbinger

Harbinger has developed a set of software and services needed for planning, executing, and operating smart micro-grids in under-resourced environments. Smart micro-grids are efficient, renewable long-term energy solutions for under-resourced communties.

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Master Plan - Five Year Strategic Plan 2013-2017: Ghana Neglected Tropical Diseases Programme

Ghana Health Service

Ghana has a number of endemic neglected tropical diseases and the government has initiated a 5 year financing and delivery plan which includes improved water and sanitation supply. The aim is to prevent, control, and eliminate the NTDs by 2020.

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Safe Drinking Water Sujala Scheme

Byrraju Foundation

The Byrraju Foundation has compiled a toolkit of steps and phases in the development of a drinking water initiative, based off experience in establishing 31 drinking water plants in India. Communities are willing to contribute to capital cost, charging INR 1.50 for 12 liters.

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A Study on Risk Assessment of Domestic Roof Water Harvesting Project in Churu District of Rajasthan Using Failure Mode and Effects Analysis Framework

Chaudhary, M., Sadhu, G., and Tripathi, M.
Safe Water Network; Institute of Health Management Research

Results of a failure mode and effects analysis provide recommendations for responsible implementation of domestic roof water harvesting systems. Risk factors include: situation near a septic tank; construction material; inability of beneficiaries to repay loan; and contaminated water. 

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‘Slippage’: The Bane of Drinking Water and Sanitation Sector (A Study of Extent and Causes in Rural Andhra Pradesh)

Reddy, V., Rammohan Rao, M., Venkataswamy, M.
WASHCost India

This paper assesses the reasons why service delivery of water and sanitation frequently fails, known as "slippage." Slippage in some states of India is as high as 60%, and there is evidence that stronger policy can reduce this issue and increase water security.

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Frontier Capital: Early Stage Investing for Financial Returns and Social Impact in Emerging Markets

Bannick, M., Goldman, P., and Kubzansky, M.
Omidyar Network

Low- and lower-middle income populations have huge unmet needs and face quite a bit of instability - challenges that can be addressed by innovative business models. Companies serving this demographic represent an under-tapped opportunity both for financial returns and for outsized impact. 

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Water and Sanitation

Bosch, C., Hommann, K., Rubio, G., Sadoff, C., Travers, L.

This chapter describes how adequate water and sanitation resources can reduce poverty. It recommends improving policy such that private sector social enterprises can thrive. For public-operated services, increasing standards to those recognized internationally is recommended.

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