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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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.
Water
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

WaterAid
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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Fluoride Consumption in Endemic Villages of India and Its Remedial Measures

Saxena, KL (Dr)., and Seweak, R.
International Journal of Engineering Science Invention
Jan. 2015

The total ingestion of fluoride is over 1 mg/capita/day from food and tea leaving very little to be ingested from drinking water. It is suggested that the fluoride level per BIS 10500 be reviewed downwards considering the ever increasing fluoride-affected regions in India.

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Off-Grid Business Models: the Business Case for Off-Grid Energy in India

The Climate Group
Jan. 2015
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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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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
Jan. 2015

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.

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