The COVID-19 pandemic is testing institutions throughout the world. Access to safe water has never been more important, particularly with handwashing as a frontline defense against infection. Water service providers are enduring greater challenges due to increased supply demands and operational constraints, as well as health and safety requirements. Safe water enterprises (SWEs), in particular, are facing significant difficulties as they operate in low-income communities with resource constraints. This crisis calls for unprecedented collaboration and required implementers and their partners to act quickly to keep the water flowing and meet demand.
We published a joint report on the resiliency of SWEs with the Community of Practice, a global collaboration working collectively to advance the SWE sector. This report evaluates the financial and operational impact of COVID-19 on SWEs, but also serves as a vehicle for collaboration to identify trends, and develop common tools for managing crises of infectious disease. Members of the Community of Practice for SWEs who contributed to the report include: Jibu, Untapped, Water4, Water for Good, Water for People, and Water Mission.
Join us at World Water Week 2021 for a live conference session, "Resiliency of Small Water Enterprises in Response to COVID-19," at 1:00 PM EST / 10:30 PM IST on August 26, as we present our findings together with Water for Good, Water Mission, Water4 in conversation with the World Bank Group and the Osprey Foundation.
We found that SWEs not only persevered through this pandemic, but certain characteristics of the SWE model have primed implementers for resiliency:
Please download and read our report to learn more about our research and gain access to tools like our M&E Framework and Stakeholder Checklist.