Assessing the climate resilience of Safe Water Enterprises

A group of funders, including the Stone Family Foundation, came together at the initiative of Danone Communities to commission a study, carried out by Dalberg, to assess the climate resilience of decentralised water systems.

In this blog post we share the key findings from the study, which will be presented in more detail at a World Water Week session on Monday 24th August at 12:00 CET (register here).

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Uganda’s COVID-19 water sector response – a threat to sustainability or an opportunity?

Everflow is a community-funded enterprise providing preventative maintenance and emergency repair services to keep rural Ugandan water wells flowing. The Stone Family Foundation began supporting Everflow at the end of 2019 to conduct a study in partnership with Stanford University to assess the willingness and ability to pay for water maintenance services, as well as costs and benefits to users, communities and local government.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, two district local governments asked Everflow to service all the wells that needed repairs across the two districts. In this blog Igor Markov, Director of Business Development at Lifeline, based in Kampala, reflects on his visit to two communities and the risk and opportunity this support has highlighted.

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The Container Based Sanitation Alliance – reflections on the first strategic phase

The Stone Family Foundation has supported the Container Based Sanitation Alliance (CBSA) since its inception in 2016, when we saw the opportunity for container based sanitation (CBS) service providers to come together to promote greater quality and availability of CBS services worldwide.

We believe there is opportunity for CBS enterprises to collaborate in an effective way to achieve sector-wide acceptance and endorsement, reach scale, and create sustainable impact. We have supported the CBSA to promote sharing and learning, create common standards and develop partnerships that advance this mission.

Isabella Montgomery, CBSA Coordinator, shares her reflections on the first strategic phase of the CBSA, the journey so far and key achievements they are looking to build on.

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Tackling challenges of pit latrine emptying in urban slums – lessons from Sanergy’s Mtaa Fresh project

Louise Couder (Director, External Relations) and Sheila Kibuthu (Assistant Manager, Communications) at Sanergy, a sanitation service provider in Kenya, reflect on the results and drivers of success of a new pit emptying project, aimed at ensuring the safe disposal of waste from urban communities.

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Why we invested in the Cambodia Rural Sanitation Development Impact Bond

We have been in Cambodia this week to launch the world’s first Development Impact Bond (DIB) in the WASH sector. In this post, we share three reasons why we decided to invest.

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