Published on: 07/04/2015
IRC is involved in an exciting programme to stimulate businesses in products and systems for household water treatment and storage: Safe Water Phase 2.
Safe Water Phase 2 is a three year initiative (2015-2018) aiming to increase access to safe water particularly for people living at the base of the economic pyramid (BOP). The programme focuses on replicating successful business models for Household Water Treatment and Storage (HWTS) Systems. This is done by supporting, consolidating and documenting selected business models in Cambodia, India, Guinea Conakry, Nepal and Pakistan. The main objectives of the programme are:
Antenna Technologies, an NGO based in Geneva, is leading the initiative. Partners are IRC, the Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA) and Aqua for All. Funding is from the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) and Aqua for All.
In Safe Water Phase 2, IRC is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the business models. The data collected through monitoring will be used by the selected businesses to enhance their business model and inform their marketing strategies. The findings will also be used to promote the scaling up of businesses selling Household Water Treatment and Storage products for people at the base of the economic pyramid.
The business models which will be monitored by IRC include:
Safe Water Phase 2 follows on Safe Water Phase 1 which supported the creation of school programmes and most importantly social enterprises in India, Nepal, Cambodia and Guinea Conakry selling safe water products. Some 980,000 people gained access to safe water.