Simple Microcredit Lending and clean water

Stanford assistant professor Jenna Davis participates in the United Nations Millennium Project task force, which is addressing the needs of the world’s poorest.

- What could make a real difference to the vast majority of people on this world?

- We fight with the short term problems in the world

- Clean water and sanitation for the world’s poor is extremely important while over a billion of the worlds population doesn't have access to clean water and sanitation

I’m listening to a 15-minute podcast with Jenna Davis about setting up sustainable solutions to provide access to clean water in developing countries, click here.

- Progress is made

- What is working and what isn’t?

- Households with low income countries can't afford to build a latrine

Progress is being made in reliable access to safe drinking water for the world’s poor. But access to basic sanitation facilities is lagging behind.

- 1, 2 billion don’t have access to clean water; that is a big number

- Technological solutions: simple latrines, washing your hands, technology is a small part of the solutions

- Water is one of the most important chemical elements of the globe

That’s according to development experts with the United Nations. They estimate that over 1 billion people today live without a safe supply of drinking water. Meanwhile, more than 2.5 billion people – over one-third of Earth’s inhabitants – don’t have access to basic hygiene facilities, such as latrines. The U.N. goal is to reduce that number by one-half by 2015. Jenna Davis of Stanford University is an expert in global water and sanitation.

- We need to think critically

- More cost-effective solutions

- Bangladesh has been making progress

- It’s one of the poorest countries in the world

- Access to the most basic forms of sanitation

- The strong community is committed to the development

- The total sanitation project has been picked by many organisations

- It’s a behaviour oriented project

- Motivation to do something differently

- The financial means

Jenna Davis: If current trends continue, we’re going to miss that sanitation target in 2015, not by a little, but by half a billion people.

Davis has worked with sanitation issues in developing countries including India, Africa, and Latin America. She said many simply can’t afford the upfront costs of facilities such as a latrine.

- Zulab in Inida is working on these issues

- The sanitation issue and the water issue

Jenna Davis: One of the things that our group is looking at, in partnership with one of the other organizations here in the U.S. and India is the potential for simple microcredit lending to households so that they can amortize the cost of these important improvements over time. So, we don’t take it for granted that households in poor countries don’t understand these linkages. We think in fact that they do.

I also listened to the podcast by “United Nations, New York - July 25, 2006.” I was listening to Dow's announcement at the United Nations highlighting their commitment to Clean Water Solutions.

Speaking at the United Nations before an audience of international leaders from the policy, business, and NGO communities, Andrew Liveris, chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), July 25, 2006 committed the Company's resources to developing new technologies and solutions for creating safer, more sustainable water supplies for communities around the world.

- The private sector has to be a part of the global solution

- Water for more than 100 million people per year is a huge challenge

- This requires the global private sector to participate, the world population is growing

- It has to be done in partnership with civil organizations with giant companies participating

- Lots of involvement of local companies as well as local non-profit companies

- Every dollar invested in water and sanitation brings 4 to 34 dollars in return

- The challenge is huge: 100 million people is added every year

- We need to work hard even to stand still

- New technologies

- New partnerships


Water Supply and Distribution in India; I need to look deeper into this. We human beings are not always able to live up to our highest aspirations and ideals. That’s human, but there are important things that can be made. The Dow Chemical company is a chemical company. The goal is not only to decrease Dow’s own footprint. Access to clean water; housing, education, etc. are very important goals, while 600 million humans don’t have access to clean drinking water.

- Summary: how to mobilize people to prevent human suffering

- Market Overview: The power of the laboratory and the market place

- Market Trends: Which are the areas most affected?

- Important Markets: India, China, Bangladesh, Vietnam,

- Competition: I think that the collective consciousness is the biggest challenge

- End Users: 1,2 billion persons without water and sanitation

- Market Access: New low-cost technologies, new processes, focused innovations

- Market entry: The learning and behavioural process

- Key contacts: the internet includes information about starting points

- Dedication to this problem

- Vision to bring affordable and clean water to Bangladesh

- The human element is the power

- Collaboration with people, solving the problems of our neighbours

- Diverse the goals and have people working with thousands of projects

- The blue planet run: a marathon towards cleaner water

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