Water Essentials

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.

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Towards a Sustainable Allocation of Potable Water in Ghana: Evidence from Kumasi

Quartey, J.
International Journal of Development and Economic Sustainability, Vol 2, 1-10
Mar. 2014

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.

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Factors Contributing to Child Mortality Reductions in 142 Low- and Middle-Income Countries between 1990 and 2010

Bishai et al.
Population Association of America
Mar. 2014

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.

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Safe Water Network in India

Neena Sondhi, Sajjan Raj Singhvi
Harvard Business Review
Feb. 2014

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
Feb. 2014

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.

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Why “Improved” Water Sources are not Always Safe

Shaheed, A., Orgill, J., Montgomery, M., Jeuland, M., Brown, J.
WHO
Jan. 2014

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. 

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Giving Around the Globe

Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy
Jan. 2014

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.

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Investing in Water and Sanitation: Increasing Access and Reducing Inequalities

UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking Water
Jan. 2014

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. 

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A Post-2015 Global Goal for Water: Synthesis of Key Findings and Recommendations from UN Water

UN Water
Jan. 2014

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.' 

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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
Jan. 2014

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.

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The State of African Cities 2014: Reimagining Sustainable Urban Transitions

UN Habitat
Jan. 2014

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.

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