Water Essentials

The Untapped Potential of Decentralized Solutions to Provide Safe, Sustainable Drinking Water at Large Scale

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.



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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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.
Apr. 2015

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.

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The Landscape for Impact Investing in South Asia

Global Impact Investing Network
Dalberg, UK aid
Apr. 2015

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. 

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High Stakes Donor Collaborations. Stanford Social Innovation Review

Seldon, W., Tierney, T., & J. & Fernando, G.
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Mar. 2015

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.  

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Report on the India WASH Summit

Feb. 2015

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.

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Increasing Private Capital Investment into Energy Access: The Case for Mini-grid Pooling Facilities

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Feb. 2015

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.

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TrackFin Initiative: Tracking Financing to Drinking Water- Sanitation and Hygiene.

UN Water; WHO
Jan. 2015

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. 

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Benefits and Costs of the Water Sanitation and Hygiene Targets for the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Hutton, Guy
Copenhagen Consensus Center
Jan. 2015

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. 

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