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Friday, September 29 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Providing Safe, Sustainable Drinking Water at Large Scale: What We’ve Learned on Decentralized Solutions

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Safe Water Enterprises (SWEs, sometimes known as water kiosks) offer an innovative, decentralized approach to delivering safe, affordable water to the poor in urban, peri-urban and rural settings.  Entrepreneurs, impact investors and governments have developed a range of SWE models over the last 15 years to deliver high quality, treated water services in an operationally and financially sustainable way.

This session will draw on the findings from a new, in-depth study of 14 SWEs and the broader SWE sector to demonstrate the critical role they can play in achieving SDG 6. SWEs can provide safe water for at least 1 billion of the estimated 4.4 billion people who do not consume safe water daily because of unimproved sources and/or inadequate treatment.  Comprehensive analysis from this study offers insights into what needs to be done to scale up the reach and impact of SWEs in order to realize this potential.

The session will start with a quick overview of the main findings from the study followed by a panel discussion with representatives from three SWEs operating in four different countries (Cambodia, Ghana, Haiti, and India).  The panel will share their views on the key challenges facing SWEs to achieve greater scale, efficiency and effectiveness. The audience will be encouraged to participate in this discussion by asking questions and sharing their own experience with SWEs.

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Louis Boorstin

Managing Director, Osprey Foundation
Louis leads the foundation’s programs on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and cookstoves.  In addition to managing a portfolio of grants and impact investments, Louis works to advance these sectors through wide-scale systems change. From 2005-2013, Louis founded and led the... Read More →
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Jim Chu

CEO, Untapped
Jim founded DloHaiti in 2013 in partnership with the IFC (World Bank Group).  He has been an active entrepreneur and investor since 1994 and has been involved in humanitarian aid and development since 2004.  Jim has been actively working in Haiti since early 2010 when he came to... Read More →
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Virginie deMaupeou

Partnerships Manager, 1001fontaines
After ten years in foreign countries (Indonesia, United States...) and a Master in Business Management (Toulouse Business School), Virginia specialised in philanthropy. After a first experience in fundraising consulting, she decided to join the university of Sciences Po Paris, then... Read More →
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Gillian Winkler

Manager, Safe Water Network
Gillian Winkler manages business development at Safe Water Network, identifying partners and donors whose values and interests align with the organization’s mission of providing sustainable access to safe water to the poor, and building those relationships into mutually beneficial... Read More →

Friday September 29, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Continental Room B Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

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