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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Does Poor Water Quality Cause Diarrheal Disease?

Levy, K.
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Sep. 2015

It is very difficult to assess what contributes the  largest burden to diarrhea: food-borne, water-borne, or other transmission routes. Incidence of diarrhea and water quality in the house were assessed, and concluded that water is not the largest contributor to diarrhea.

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Interventions to Improve Water Quality for Preventing Diarrhea (Review)

Arienzo, A., Sobze, M., Wadoum, R., Losito, F., Colizzi, V., Antonini, G.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Sep. 2015

This study tests  the effectiveness of the microbiological survey for accuracy in testing the microbiological quality of water. The evaluation of total coliforms in 1mL of water was used as a parameter. Field tests were done in Cameroon in different wells, confirming MBS as an accurate measure.

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Water at the BOP: India and East Africa

Beyond Capital Fund
Sep. 2015

One in six people live in water-stressed conditions due to poor water availability and accessibility, high water tariffs, poor water quality, over extraction of sources, etc. Governments, corporations, NGOs and agencies have taken action  to reduce the number of underserved populations.

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Ecosystem Investing: Achieving Impact at Scale

Edmondson, J., Mohan, K., and Stewart, S.
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Aug. 2015

Impact at scale requires working within the context of a broader ecosystem and adjusting behaviors in response to change within that system. Six lessons from a large-scale, cross-sector initiative to improve education show the differences between traditional programmatic and ecosystem investing.  

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The Doer and the Payer: A Simple Approach to Scale

Starr, K., and Hattendorf, L.
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Aug. 2015

Impact at scale requires working within the context of a broader ecosystem and adjusting behaviors in response to change within that system. Six lessons from a large-scale, cross-sector initiative to improve education show the differences between traditional programmatic and ecosystem investing.  

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Water Quality Monitoring in Developing Countries: Can Microbial Fuel Cells be the Answer?

Chouler, J., Lorenzo, M.
University of Bath
Jul. 2015

Microbial fuel cell (MFC) technology has the potential to rapidly test quality of water, and is simple to use. It has the potential of being highly-cost effective, ability of on-site and real time monitoring. Most other chemical and biological methods have none of these advantages.

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Blended Finance Volume 1: A Primer for Development Finance and Philanthropic Funders

World Economic Forum, OECD
Jul. 2015

Public resources are insufficient for the ambitious new development agenda. Blended Finance represents an opportunity to drive significant new capital flows into high-impact sectors, while effectively leveraging private sector expertise in identifying and executing development investment strategies.

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A Global Fund for Water: How Innovative Investment Can Help End Water Poverty

Beeching, Sarah
Global Ethics; Oshun Partnership
Jun. 2015

The concept of a Global Fund For Water is to create a catalytic financing facility to improve water resource management and accelerate access to clean water and sanitation, supported by the global bottled water industry by leveraging 1 cent per litre from every bottle of water sold globally.

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Analysis of Quality of Drinking Water of Private Bore-Well and Piped Water Supply in Jaipur City, Rajasthan, India.

Soni, N., Bhatia, A.
University of Rajasthan
May. 2015

Households in Jaipur are supplied groundwater either through pipelines or bore-wells. This study tested the water from these supplies and found that both contained E. coli, and water from pipelines contained high levels of fluoride and nitrates. Thus, groundwater needs to be treated before use.

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Beyond One-Size-Fits-All: Lessons Learned from Eight Water Utility Public-Private Partnerships in the Philippines

Water and Sanitation Program
May. 2015

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.

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