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.
Increasing Private Capital Investment into Energy Access: The Case for Mini-grid Pooling Facilities
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
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.
TrackFin Initiative: Tracking Financing to Drinking Water- Sanitation and Hygiene.
UN Water; WHO
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.
Benefits and Costs of the Water Sanitation and Hygiene Targets for the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Copenhagen Consensus Center
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.
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
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.
De-centralized Electricity in Africa and Southeast Asia: Issues and Solutions
Accenture Development Partnerships
Around the world, almost a quarter of the worlds population or 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity. The Smart Power for Rural Development model has substantial potential for adaptation and scale in the decentralized renewable energy mini-grid market of sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
Investing to Overcome the Global Impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases: Third WHO Report on Neglected Tropical Diseases.
WHO recommends an integrated approach to reduce neglected tropical diseases, and safe water and sanitation are part of that approach. NTDs are disproportionately influenced by environmental determinants of health such as water. Chronic NTD conditions are worsened by lack of sufficient clean water.
Poverty Reduction in Ghana: Progress and Challenges
Molini, V., Paci, Pierella, P.
World Bank Group
Ghana has seen rapid GDP growth rate since 2000, stabilizing at 6% in 2006. This is the highest grown rate in sub-Saharan Africa. As a result, there is an increase in access to electricity, sanitation, and clean water even amongst the poor. 71.3% of poor households receive protected water.
Fluoride Consumption in Endemic Villages of India and Its Remedial Measures
Saxena, KL (Dr)., and Seweak, R.
International Journal of Engineering Science Invention
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.
Water Sector Harmonization and Alignment Study: Assessment of Sector Partnerships in Ghana
Duti, V., Gyasi, K., Kabuga, C., and Korboe, D.
IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre
The study assesses the cohesiveness of water sector partnerships in Ghana, with the view to fostering greater consensus around sector management and improving donor alignment with national systems and procedures. It lays out recommendations for government, donors and civil society.