This Resource Center curates the growing number of publications and resources that highlight the effectiveness of small water enterprises. This is a step toward building a community of practice that harnesses the know-how, market knowledge, and resources needed to improve and scale small water enterprises globally. We value the sharing of information, and invite you to e-mail us with any materials you believe will be helpful to others.
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.
Ladders for Assessing and Costing Water Service Delivery
Moriarty, P., Batchelor, C., Fonseca, C., Klutse, A., Naafs, A., Nyarko, K., Peson, C., Potter, A., Reddy, R., Snehalatha, M.
IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre
This paper introduces the concept of service levels to improve the planning and monitoring of water services. Important issues include considering how multiple uses of water from a source can distort data about quantity of water used for drinking.
Carvalho, A., Graf, J., Kayser, O., and Vousvouras, C.
Existing solutions have proven it is possible to develop adapted, sustainable solutions for low-density, remote areas but scaling-up requires more philanthropic support and significant marketing innovation to boost penetration levels. Urban network expansion requires government support.
Government of Ghana: Ministry of Finance and Economics Planning
Ghana's large deficit in infrastructure constrains the growth of the economy, and given limited public budget resources, the government alone cannot overcome this issue. Therefore, it is government policy to use public-private partnerships to deliver efficient public infrastucture and services.
Promise and Progress: Market-Based Solutions to Poverty in Africa
Kubzansky, M., Cooper, A., Barbary, V.
Despite the obstacles, market-based solutions are proliferating in Africa. Promise and Progress affirms the conclusion of Monitor’s research in India that, for these solutions to succeed, they must operate with business models suited to the extreme conditions of low-income markets.
Water Supply and Sanitation in Ghana: Turning Finances into Services for 2015 and Beyond
AMCOW Country Status Overview
This reports suggests how to overcome challenges in water supply and efficiently provide services with given finances. Suggestions include innovative ways to finance and implement programs, restructuring plans and policies, and improvement of quality and regularity of monitoring and evaluation.
Bringing Water to Where It is Needed Most: Innovative Private Sector Participation in Water and Sanitation
This report is a compilation of smaller reports that give immense details on how to successfully operate small water and sanitation enterprises in rural and peri-urban communities in developing nations. It discusses the successes of public-private partnerships in various situations.
Valuing Water, Valuing Livelihoods: Guidance on Social Cost-Benefit Analysis of Drinking-Water Interventions, with Special Reference to Small Community Water Supplies
Cameron, J., Hunter, P., Jagals, P., and Pond, K. (Eds.)
World Health Organization
The aim of this book is to give decision-makers, health professionals and analysts a comprehensive view of the arguments and challenges associated with establishing the value of drinking-water interventions, with a focus on the socioeconomic appraisal and evaluation of drinking-water interventions.
Safe, reliable, affordable, and accessible water is required for good health, however one billion people do not have access to it. This is because of high population growth rates, insufficient capital investment, difficulty in managing water supplies, and lack of local water resource development.
Private Operators and Rural Water Supplies: A Desk Review of Experience
The potential contribution from private operators is well-known for small towns. Rural private operator initiatives in low-density areas are a promising option for addressing the problems of sustainable operation and maintenance, but they are not an alternative to capable government institutions.
Opportunities and Challenges of Community-Based Rural Drinking Water Supplies
Sun, Y., Asante, F., Birner, R.
International Food Policy Research Institute
Ghana has adopted a community-based approach to overcome the challenge of supplying drinking water to rural areas. Communities with large ethnic diversities are less likely to have functioning water systems, and cooperative leadership helps provide communities with these services.