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Presentation to Columbia University's Engineering for Developing Communities class, May 2019. Provides a background on the transition from the MDG to the SDG era in water and sanitation, the current status of the sector, and how data can play a role in accelerating progress toward safely managed water and sanitation.
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  • 1. Achieving the SDGs …in our lifetime John Feighery, PhD Co-founder and Chief Operating Office, mWater
  • 2. Millennium Development Goals • Developed by Northern academic institutions and international organizations • No “Water Goal”; and the sub-targets did not include the word “safe" • Improved Water Supply and Improved Sanitation were invented • Community Management Model promoted for maintenance
  • 3. Sustainable Development Goal • Accessible on premises • Available when needed • Safe - free of contamination
  • 4. Rungs on a ladder? Intermediate Service Levels: • Poor water quality -> health benefits not achieved • Infrastructure not maintained because users don’t want to pay for inferior services • Water hauling, mostly by women and girls
  • 5. Water and sanitation are linked
  • 6. We know how to deliver safe water Source:WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme, “Safely Managed DrinkingWater” % compliance with WHO E. coli standard
  • 7. We have known for a long time
  • 8. Piped water is safer and more sustainable Safely Managed Services: • High quality water -> reduced disease • Adequate quantity of safe water for domestic uses, such as bathing/washing • Professionally managed infrastructure, supported by user fees • Girls go to school and women can work
  • 9. The future of water is pipes Data from the UNICEF/WHO Joint Monitoring Programme for Water and Sanitation (JMP). www.washdata.org
  • 10. The future of rural water is pipes Data from the UNICEF/WHO Joint Monitoring Programme for Water and Sanitation (JMP). www.washdata.org
  • 11. The story of China
  • 12. The state of theWASH sector in 2019 Problem #1:We don’t have enough money Problem #2: Our solutions are not scalable or sustainable Hutton andVerughese 2016. “The Costs of Meeting the 2030 Sustainable Development GoalTargets on DrinkingWater, Sanitation, and Hygiene.”TheWorld Bank Group.
  • 13. The state of theWASH sector in 2019 Problem #1:We don’t have enough money Problem #2: Our solutions are not scalable or sustainable Hutton andVerughese 2016. “The Costs of Meeting the 2030 Sustainable Development GoalTargets on DrinkingWater, Sanitation, and Hygiene.”TheWorld Bank Group.
  • 14. CurrentWASH sector thinking • USAID – move countries along the “journey to self-reliance” – shift in emphasis from building infrastructure to supporting institutions and strengthening systems • NGOs and UN agencies beginning to embrace ‘System strengthening’ and supporting the ‘enabling environment’ – presumes that building strong institutions leads to good services; yet only 2% of foreign ODA goes toward system strengthening • Social enterprises and innovation – public/private partnerships, entrepreneurship, solutionism • New emphasis onWASH finance – engaging with commercial lending institutions, developing pipeline of “investable projects”
  • 15. How do we get to safely managed water? Aid can’t do it alone, we need to: • Professionalize operations and maintenance • Manage public assets and water resources better • Improve fee collection and accountability • Demonstrate a financial track record to investors All of this requires data
  • 16. mWater: Turning data into action 45,000+ users in 158 countries Local NGOs and researchers International organizations and large NGOs Governments and utilities
  • 17. the mWater platform Free mobile data collection and analysis • Surveyor MobileApp (Android, iPhone, & web) for data collection • Portal (portal.mwater.co) for survey design, data cleaning, and visualization 1 7
  • 18. Our business model: free • Large organizations and programs invest in building and maintaining the software • All users benefit when one organization invests back into the platform • No ongoing software fees or IT consultants -> Sustainable capacity for the water sector mWater investors include:
  • 19. Examples of data in action Haiti – Commune Action Plans Malawi – Borehole Forensics
  • 20. Join us! www.mWater.co info@mwater.co
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