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.



Impact Assessment Report: Bhandara, India

Safe Water Network
Safe Water Network
Aug. 2015

This impact assessment report, created by Safe Water Network and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences on behalf of Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL), evaluates the impact of BHEL-funded iJal Safe Water Stations (using reverse osmosis treatment technology and equipped with a remote monitoring system) built in ten villages in the Bhandara district of Maharashtra, India.

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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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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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