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Willingness to Pay for Cleaner Water in Less Developed Countries: Systematic Review of Experimental Evidence

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2012
Willingness to Pay for Cleaner Water in Less Developed Countries: Systematic Review of Experimental Evidence

The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) recently published a systematic review of the evidence on willingness to pay for clean water in developing countries. The researchers found 5 experimental studies that tested households’ demand for point-of-use water purification technologies (such as chlorine and ceramic filters). The results suggest that while the majority of people understood the importance of cleaner water, and the link to diarrhea, actual willingness to pay for it is often less than the cost of the technology.

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Tags:  development  sector publication  technology  Water 

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Market Led Approach to Rural Sanitation (Monitor Inclusive Markets)

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 15, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Lack of sanitation is an acute issue in India, where close to 600Mn people defecate in the open, and 67% of rural households do not have toilets. Efforts are being made to address this issue – the Government of India subsidizes rural toilet construction through the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan campaign (previously known as the Total Sanitation Campaign, or TSC) and over the years has approved funding of over INR 200 Bn (USD 4Bn). However, less than 60% of these funds have actually been used. Also, data from the Census indicates that a significant proportion of the TSC toilets that are reported to have been constructed may be non-existent or not in use.

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Tags:  access to finance  Entrepreneurship  Poverty  Sector publication  SME  Water 

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Emerging Markets, Emerging Models: Market Based Solutions to the Challenges of Global Poverty - Monitor Inclusive Markets

Posted By Saurabh Lall, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, November 14, 2011
March 2009

Market-based solutions have recently attracted strong interest in the campaign against global poverty, in part due to the remarkable success of micro-finance. They are relatively new, with an uneven performance record, and there is much yet to learn about what causes them to succeed or fail. The most successful pass two tests: they are self-funding, and they operate at suffi cient scale to make a
difference to masses of poor people. They also have one salient feature in common: a business model tailored to the special circumstances of markets at the base of the income pyramid.

The report is based on Monitor’s extensive research into hundreds of market-based solutions around the world, with a particular focus on India, which is an advanced laboratory of approaches and an especially fertile source of lessons about performance. The research is based on dozens of site visits and hundreds of interviews as well as extensive work in the public record. The report provides strong evidence that engaging the poor as customers and suppliers presents an exciting — and signifi cant — opportunity to establish new
paradigms to bring genuine social change in economically sustainable ways.

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Tags:  Base of the Pyramid  Business Models  Case Studies  Health  India  Poverty  sector publication  Water 

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