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.
The Doer and the Payer: A Simple Approach to Scale
Starr, K., and Hattendorf, L.
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Impact at scale requires working within the context of a broader ecosystem and adjusting behaviors in response to change within that system. Six lessons from a large-scale, cross-sector initiative to improve education show the differences between traditional programmatic and ecosystem investing.
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.
Water Quality Monitoring in Developing Countries: Can Microbial Fuel Cells be the Answer?
Chouler, J., Lorenzo, M.
University of Bath
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.
Blended Finance Volume 1: A Primer for Development Finance and Philanthropic Funders
World Economic Forum, OECD
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.
A Global Fund for Water: How Innovative Investment Can Help End Water Poverty
Global Ethics; Oshun Partnership
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.
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
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.
Beyond One-Size-Fits-All: Lessons Learned from Eight Water Utility Public-Private Partnerships in the Philippines
Water and Sanitation Program
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.
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.
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.
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.
High Stakes Donor Collaborations. Stanford Social Innovation Review
Seldon, W., Tierney, T., & J. & Fernando, G.
Stanford Social Innovation Review
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.