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.
Towards a Sustainable Allocation of Potable Water in Ghana: Evidence from Kumasi
International Journal of Development and Economic Sustainability, Vol 2, 1-10
With growing population and urbanization, there is a lot of time and productivity lost due to time-consuming, labor-intensive, and counter-productive methods to collect water. An efficient water distribution system will reduce time wasted and thus have immense economic and social benefits.
Factors Contributing to Child Mortality Reductions in 142 Low- and Middle-Income Countries between 1990 and 2010
Bishai et al.
Population Association of America
Since 1990, child mortality has declined by 41% worldwide, due primarily to changes in levels of health determinants, more than changes in their efficacy or impact. The rise in access to clean water accounted for about 15% of observed child mortality decline.
This sales and marketing case study published in the Harvard Business Review considers Safe Water Network's efforts in Nizampally, India to: customize demand-driven solutions for the specific water-related issues of the region; gain support from prominent Indian and international companies; and ensure economic sustainability, which required active local participation and ownership. Note: document must be purchased through the Harvard Business Review.
Microgrids for Rural Electrification: A Critical Review of Best Practices Based on Seven Case Studies
Schnitzer, D., Lounsbury, D., Carvallo, J., Deshmukh, R., Apt, J., Kammen, D.
United Nations Foundation
Microgrids have the potential to provide electricity in rural and peri-urban areas. Electricty can increase productivity in these communities as electric pumps supplying clean drinking water replace manual collection of water which is usually unsafe for consumption and time-consuming.
Shaheed, A., Orgill, J., Montgomery, M., Jeuland, M., Brown, J.
This paper highlights factors that contribute to variability in water safety but may not always be recognized. Problems in adequate quality and quantity of water that are often caused by human behavior may contribute to an increased risk of poor health.
This report is designed to present, explore, and help you and your philanthropy team navigate the regional differences that define our increasingly interconnected world by presenting regional profiles of giving by large companies based in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
Investing in Water and Sanitation: Increasing Access and Reducing Inequalities
UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking Water
Between 1990 and 2012, 2.3 billion people globally gained access to an improved drinking water source. However billions lack access to safe water that is reliably and continuously delivered in sufficient quantities, and 1/3 of the global population lives without basic sanitation facilities.
A Post-2015 Global Goal for Water: Synthesis of Key Findings and Recommendations from UN Water
Water’s fundamental importance for human development, the environment and the economy needs to feature prominently in the new post-2015 development agenda. UN-Water and partners developed suggestions for a dedicated global goal for water, ‘securing sustainable water for all.'
The 4Ps of Inclusive Business: How Perseverance, Partnerships, Pilots and Passion Can Lead to Success
Ashley, C., Harrison, T., Schramm, C., and the BIP Implementation team
Business Innovation Facility
Two themes emerge for success in inclusive business: companies investing in such business need the right model, but this takes time and innovation; and commercial and social returns are small and variable, but are emerging and expected to grow significantly over the next five years.
The State of African Cities 2014: Reimagining Sustainable Urban Transitions
Prevailing development concepts applied to Africa’s rapidly expanding urban areas seem incapable of attaining prosperity for all. A radical re-imagination of approaches to urbanism can strengthen positive impacts of the current multiple transitions and improve urban living and working conditions.