The energy, water, and climate 'win-win-win-win' solution


What normally comes to mind when thinking about the nexus between energy, water and climate change?  Probably things like energy-efficient water pumps, solar panels for water purification, or methane recovery in wastewater treatment plants - all routinely discussed in conferences and seminars around the world, and featured in the scientific literature grappling with climate change mitigation and water scarcity issues.

martes, 20 de enero de 2015/Author: Filippo Berardi/Number of views (13562)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Creating the space for innovation – eThekwini Water & Sanitation Unit


Community stand-post, Frasers informal settlement. Tongaat: Phindile Nyawose, EWS.

By Tracey Keatman, Programme Director. Building Partnerships for Development ***

 We had been discussing some of the technical, financial, social and business innovations developed and then delivered by EWS across the municipality to increase or enhance service delivery to the un-served. Necessity is clearly a major driver for innovation – but can innovation (of any nature) on its own have the impact we need to provide services to all? During my week with EWS I saw how the potential for developing innovative ideas and approaches can best be harnessed by an organization that has an enabling and open culture; where an ethos of incremental learning and a willingness to learn by doing goes hand-inhand with evidence-based strategic decision-making.

miércoles, 11 de diciembre de 2013/Author: Guest/Number of views (8152)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
Etiquetas: water

Basic Services: New models for the private sector


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Innovative multi-stakeholder partnerships and business models for improving access to basic services are emerging globally. Poor and vulnerable households need electricity, water, sanitation, health and education in order to be healthy and productive. In recent decades, there have been significant improvements in Latin America and the Caribbean, but the “last mile”— communities that are extremely isolated by distance, poverty, or other factors—still lacks sustainable, affordable and quality services. More than ever, creative and locally-adapted solutions for addressing poverty based on alliances between actors can help close the access gap.
jueves, 5 de diciembre de 2013/Author: Celia Bedoya del Olmo/Number of views (7567)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

A good start at a water kiosk in rural Haiti

A few months ago, the Leopard Haiti Fund made its first investment in Dlo Haiti, a private provider of drinking water, working in underserved areas in Haiti. Dlo’s plan is to establish some 300 kiosks throughout Haiti, serving more than 1 million consumers and creating over 4,000 direct and indirect jobs.

Following the investment, Dlo turned to Mahotte, Saintard, and Luly, a cluster of neighboring coastal towns in the Ouest department of Haiti. Until now, these communities have been relying on a delivery system, where trucks transport water from the capital. Not a very efficient method, as these communities can be between 1.30 – 2 hours from Port-au-Prince. The water “kiosk” – operated by Dlo Haiti under the brand name “Ovive” – functions as a small factory, staffed by locals and providing a local product for the local population.

miércoles, 11 de septiembre de 2013/Author: Nara Meli/Number of views (10616)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Etiquetas: water