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Monday, March 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

Can Social Enterprise Help 700 Million Who Lack Access to Clean Water?

Source: The Guardian

The problem of global water access is as intransigent as they come. Some 768 million people – more than the population of Europe – still lack access to clean water. Likewise, this year’s Millennium Development Goal target of halving the number of people without sanitation will be missed by 8% – that’s half a billion people.
Monday, March 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

Traditional Divisions Between NGOs, Charities, and Businesses Are Blurring With New Collaborative Projects on Water

Source: psfk

The problem of global water access is as intransigent as they come. Some 768 million people – more than the population of Europe – still lack access to clean water. Likewise, this year’s Millennium Development Goal target of halving the number of people without sanitation will be missed by 8% – that’s half a billion people.
Monday, March 16, 2015 — No Region Specified

Medical Researchers Challenged to Create an Affordable Dialysis Machine to Treat People in Remote Communities

Source: ABC News

Three leading health organisations have set medical researchers a challenge to make an affordable dialysis machine capable of using non-purified water as new figures show more people will experience terminal kidney failure.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 — No Region Specified

Toilet Could Turn Urine Into Electricity at Refugee Camps

Source: The Huffington Post

An innovative urinal could turn pee into a source of electricity. Driven to find a way to protect women and girls in refugee camps who are often assaulted when they go to the bathroom at night, researchers at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) have devised a urinal that lights up when a person uses it.
Monday, March 9, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

Phone Camera Checks Water for Arsenic

Source: Chemistry World

UK scientists have developed a mobile phone-based system to help people avoid drinking water contaminated with arsenic.1 The phone’s camera measures quantum dot fluorescence in response to arsenic, achieving a limit of detection as low as 5µM.
Monday, January 26, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Know What's Killing More People in Nigeria Than Boko Haram? Lack of Drinking Water

Source: Bloomberg

The lack of running water killed more people in Nigeria last year than Boko Haram. While the terror campaign claimed more than 4,000 lives, the shortage of potable water and poor sanitation led to about 73,000 deaths, according to WaterAid, a London-based nonprofit.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Watch Out, Guinea Worm, Here Comes Jimmy Carter

Source: NPR

This past fall, President Jimmy Carter, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, celebrated his 90th birthday. Looking ahead, he's also hoping to celebrate the global eradication of Guinea worm disease (also known as dracunculiasis).
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 — No Region Specified

Bill Gates’ Plan to Help the Developing World Profit From Its Sewage

Source: Wired

Bill Gates walks up to the water tap, but before he can drink, his entourage pulls him to one side. One woman takes off his glasses and rearranges his hair. Another dabs on a little makeup. And, at one point, someone hands him a Mason jar.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 — Latin America

How Gravity (And a Little Coagulant) Could Transform How Communities Clean Water

Source: This Big City

Purifying water is a problem as old as civilization. When people started living together in anything bigger than traveling bands of shepherds and hunters, potable water became a shrinking resource. The rotating belt of local oases or springs could satisfy you while you were constantly on the move but once you started needing the communal watering hole to keep your animals upright or your crops alive, cooperation became more tenuous and waterborne diseases became sundry. Getting sick from your drinking water was the tradeoff for settling down, and we’ve been repaying the debt ever since.
Thursday, November 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Turning the tap on: Water as a business model

Source: Al Arabiya English

Too many people in the world don’t have access to safe drinking water in their homes. This month’s meeting of theWorld Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council in Dubai could be the first step to changing that.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 — South Asia

Four reasons why Modi's toilet obsession is good for India


Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swach Bharat scheme aims to eliminate open defecation by constructing toilets in every household by 2019. No one doubts the need for the programme. Close to 48% of India’s urban population has no access to toilets. In rural areas, the number stands at 60%.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 — Latin America

PRESS RELEASE: PepsiCo Unveils New Water-Modeling Tool at World Water Week

Source: Press release

Wednesday at the Stockholm International Water Institute's annual World Water Week, PepsiCo announced the company's latest Water Report and unveiled Hydro-BID, a ground-breaking data management and modeling tool developed in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) that estimates the availability of freshwater in water-scarce regions throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Using mobile money to buy water and solar power in east Africa

Source: The Guardian

Mobile phones are facilitating access to utilities in poor rural communities. But do consumers have the faith to go cashless?
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Caterpillar Foundation Announces $11 Million in Investments for Africa's Future Through Water, Energy and Women

Source: Market Watch

Foundation's focus on corporate social innovation helps put people on the path to prosperity
Monday, June 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

Planting for Profit, and Greater Good

Source: The New York Times

A lemon tree springs from the soil in Jason Aramburu’s backyard in Berkeley, Calif., alongside rose bushes, birds of paradise, strawberry plants and squash blossoms. The garden is thriving, but its upkeep requires almost no effort from Mr. Aramburu. Instead, a foot-high soil sensor does much of the work.
Monday, March 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Maker of Toms shoes expands into coffee roasting


Toms, the Los Angeles company known for its comfy, eco-friendly footwear and its shoes-donating ways, is tiptoeing into an unusual product line: coffee.
Monday, March 3, 2014 — South Asia

USAID and P&G Kick Off Global Development Alliance to Improve Health in Myanmar

Source: YahooFinance

Administrator Rajiv Shah yesterday helped deliver the first liter of clean drinking water under the Global Development Alliance (GDA) between the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Procter & Gamble (P&G) to improve health in India.
Friday, February 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Harvested rainwater in South Africa harbors pathogens, finds new study

Source: WaterWorldMag

According to research from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, pathogens are inhabiting harvested rainwater across the region, potentially posing a public health hazard, especially for children and immunocompromised individuals.
Friday, February 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Harvested rainwater in South Africa harbors pathogens, finds new study

Source: Water World

According to research from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, pathogens are inhabiting harvested rainwater across the region, potentially posing a public health hazard, especially for children and immunocompromised individuals. Likewise, South Africa has been financing domestic rainwater harvesting tanks in informal low-income settlements and rural areas in five of the nation's nine provinces.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Health concerns and rising prosperity drive packaged water market in Africa

Source: FoodBev

Health concerns towards the lack of safe drinking water across many African countries, combined with rising consumer incomes, has driven the packaged water market in the region to grow faster than that of Europe and the US.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 — South Asia

Press Release: Meet the Winning Ideas of Greenpeace Challenge to find renewable irrigation systems for India

Source: Press Release

Greenpeace “A Watershed Moment in India” challenge, which was open from September 3rd, 2013, saw participation from over 1500 people across 58 countries, who created 256 designs for renewable energy powered, portable, affordable irrigation systems for small farmers in Bihar. Participants uploaded their designs to a web platform, where they were viewable by the public (including other competing teams) who commented on all designs and suggested improvements, which the designers took into consideration to iterate and adapt their designs.
Monday, January 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Why city life is unhealthy

Source: New Vision

The rapid increase in the number of urban inhabitants will be among the most important global health issues of the 21st century.
Monday, January 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

A Whisky-Inspired Solution For Clean Drinking Water

Source: Fast Co.Exist

With arsenic in their drinking water wells, Bangladeshi citizens suffer the "largest mass poisoning in history" every day. A new type of filter made from the leftovers from the distillation process could give them a convenient, safer water supply.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global Social Entrepreneurship Focus of New Partnership

Source: allAfrica

USAID will commit $2 million to support the project, which will be matched by an additional $2 million in support from General Atlantic, the Newman's Own Foundation, the Pershing Square Foundation, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and Echoing Green.
Friday, October 25, 2013 — No Region Specified

Coca-Cola, Partners Team up to Solve Major Global Problem

Source: The Motley Fool

Coca-Cola recently announced a cross-industry collaboration to deliver safe drinking water to global communities that struggle to access this most basic resource. A partnership with Qualcomm subsidiary Qualcomm Technologies, IBM, and NRG Energy, among others, the new EKOCENTER partnership will provide a fundamental necessity to rural communities around the world. That's great for people, but is it any good for business?
Thursday, September 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

A 'fishy' way to prevent dengue

Source: Devex

The Asian Development Bank and the World Health Organization have found their latest weapon against dengue-carrying mosquitoes: larvae-eating guppy fish. A recent trial study in select villages in Cambodia and Laos found out dengue cases can be significantly reduced by putting the fish in water tanks and containers near the stagnant water areas where the insects thrive especially during the rainy season.
Friday, August 30, 2013 — South Asia

Matt Damon Tries to Get Clean Water and Toilets for India’s Poor

Source: The New York Times

Matt Damon finds it a challenge to get people to care about water. It’s why he was in India from Aug. 23 to 26 on a four-day tour. Not to promote his latest film Elysium, a sci-fi dystopia with a socialist underpinning, but to help the rural and urban poor in India get access to clean water and sanitation by investing in tube wells, hand pumps and toilets with proper drainage facilities.
Monday, June 3, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

From base of social pyramid, only way is up

Source: The Japan Times

Firms serving Africa's poorest paving way for mutual growth
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 — South Asia

Water for all

Source: The Economist

NEARLY three-fourths of all diseases caused in India are due to water contaminants. Despite that, one in eight Indians still lacks access to clean drinking water.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Students develop low-cost water filtering system for African nation

Source: Penn State Live

In an effort to bring fresh water to rural Kenyans, School of International Affairs (SIA) students Kory Hansen and Jin Ju Kim participated in Penn State's Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) program to develop a ceramic water filtration system for parts of the sub Saharan African nation.
Thursday, January 3, 2013 — No Region Specified

Why Toilets, Not Cell Phones, Are Key To Education Around The World

Source: Forbes

John Kluge says things many people want to say, but don’t because they think it’s taboo. Kluge is out to change that.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 — South Asia

Delhi Dispatch: Rice, Wheat, and Water Serve Up Equal Helpings of Punjab’s Wealth and Risk

Source: Circle of Blue

NARAINGARH, Haryana, India — The first rain in six months, and a stout and cold wind whipped at the black plastic covering stacks of grain Thursday morning at the Shivshakti Rice Mill, one of 13 mills surrounding this roadside village about 70 kilometers west of Chandigarh.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 — Latin America

Ban joins Hispaniola effort against cholera

Source: Devex

Ban Ki-moon has announced a new initiative that will support a 10-year effort against cholera in Haiti. This comes amid mounting calls for the United Nations to take responsibility over the spread of the disease in the country.
Monday, December 10, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

From NYC To Nairobi: Interview With SunCulture, Audience Choice Award Winners 2011-12

Source: Forbes

All entrepreneurs are inherently risk-takers, but some are willing to go above and beyond for an idea they believe in. NYU Stern alumnus Samir Ibrahim and serial entrepreneur Charles Nichols, winners of the Audience Choice Award at the 2011-12 Entrepreneur’s Challenge fit this description perfectly. The two recently packed their bags and moved to Kenya, where their start-up SunCulture sells solar-powered irrigation products and agricultural services to local farmers.
Thursday, September 27, 2012 — South Asia

Using Innovative, Low-cost Solutions to Provide Safe Drinking Water in India

Source: India Knowedge@Wharton

P.Venkatesh, a resident of Boduppal village in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, is a carpenter of modest means. The ever-increasing price of essentials has forced him to cut corners to save each paisa as he struggles to look after his family of four. But despite all odds and after much deliberation, three months ago he decided to make provision for yet another non-negotiable in his monthly budget -- drinking water.
Monday, July 23, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Water harvesting slakes thirst at an innovative Kenyan inn

Source: Christian Science Monitor

When Gaitano Likhavila was still working as an accountant at the provincial hospital in the west Kenyan town of Kakamega, he ran into a situation that got him thinking about water. “There was a serious water shortage that made the hospital administration almost close down the hospital. At the same time, a lot of rainwater from the roofs was wasted, running down to the River Isikhu, but nobody thought of getting hold of this free water,” says Likhavila.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 — No Region Specified

From Hotel Uniforms To Life-Saving Water Filters: Evolving The Humanitarian Entrepreneurship Model

Source: Fast Company

In recent years, investments in global public health have created opportunities for private innovators, technology developers, and business investors to join the fight against infectious diseases affecting people in developing countries. Such private entities are focusing their innovative platforms on developing technological breakthroughs for the most vulnerable people, often in the most extreme situations. As a result, a new business model, "humanitarian entrepreneurship," is being shaped by innovators at all levels. Here, doing good is good for business.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 — No Region Specified

CEOs urge Rio+20 leaders to make water security top priority

Source: France 24

AFP - Some 45 corporate chiefs attending the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development on Monday pledged to make water security a strategic priority and called for decisive action by governments.
Friday, June 15, 2012 — No Region Specified

Can This New Backpack Solve The World’s Water Woes?

Source: Fast Company

You may not have heard of Greif, but you’re probably familiar with its products. One of the largest industrial packaging companies in the world, Greif makes plastic drums, fiber drums, water bottles for water coolers, steel containers, and more. The companies that buy certain Greif products--like the drums that hold hazardous chemicals--are the same ones that may inadvertently poison people in the developing world who use those containers to transport water after they’ve been thrown out. And so it makes a certain kind of sense that Greif would step up to create a solution, dubbed WaterWear, that allows people to safely and easily carry gallons of clean water.
Friday, April 20, 2012 — No Region Specified

Global Sanitation Target Under Threat

Source: The Guardian

UN high-level meeting is expected to call on world leaders to support the 57 countries currently most off-track to achieve their millennium development goal targets for sanitation.
Friday, March 16, 2012 — Europe & Eurasia

Finding the Line Between Technical and Political Solutions to Water Challenges

Source: The Guardian

Technology can increase access to water and sanitation; other solutions seem to hinge on policy. But are the two areas distinct?
Thursday, March 15, 2012 — No Region Specified

UN: Soaring Demands Will Add More Stress to World Water Supplies

Source: Voice of America

Despite recent good news that millions more people now have access to potable water, a new report finds sharply rising demands for water threaten a myriad of development goals.
Friday, March 9, 2012 — South Asia

Using Microfinance to Bring Clean Water to India's Poor

Source: The Huffington Post

A unique public-private partnership involving private sector giants like Unilever and Heinz is improving the health of Indian children. Two hours outside India's tech hub Bangalore is Krishnagiri the Integrated Village Development Project (IVDP) is using interest-free microfinance loans to increase access to products people could not afford on their own.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 — No Region Specified

UN Meets Millennium Development Goal on Drinking Water

Source: BBC

The Millennium Development Goal for access to clean water has been reached, ahead of the target date of 2015.
Monday, February 6, 2012 — South Asia

IDA to Help Improve Irrigation System in Pakistan

Source: devex

The World Bank’s concessional lending arm is providing $250 million to help improve water and agricultural productivity in the Pakistani province of Punjab.
Thursday, February 2, 2012 — South Asia

BRAC puts Entrepreneurs to Work Providing Clean Toilets for Millions

Source: PRWeb

In Bangladesh, the development organization's Water, Sanitation and Hygiene program gives millions of the rural poor a fresh start with latrines at prices fair to buyers and sellers alike.
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