Ripple Effect: Safe Drinking Water

Exhibition: Network | November 2, 2011 by

The Ripple Effect in India

Seeding innovation in the water sector

Some 1.2 billion people worldwide are drinking unsafe water. Although many organizations purify water for entire communities in the developing world, women and children often walk long distances to transport it — and it often becomes contaminated during the trip. From retrieval to consumption, water’s journey is complex and provides ample opportunities for improvement. Acumen Fund and IDEO, with backing from the Gates Foundation, joined forces to tackle the issues of water transport and storage.

The Ripple Effect project set out to:

  • improve access to safe drinking water for the world’s poorest and most underserved people;
  • seed innovation among local water providers; and
  • build the capacity for future development in the water sector as a whole.

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