When Ned Breslin, CEO for the international social company Water for People, talks, the effect can be like a splash of cold water on your face. Development-speak is not his style.
Take this snippet from his new "Rethinking Hydro-Philanthropy" essay:
"Success will require less single-minded focus on the absolute number of people without access to water and sanitation facilities and more focus on the serious questions around long-term impact and sustainability. So that years after the cameras have left, the donor reports have been filed, and the press release circulated, the community is not forgotten."
"Sweat equity" from needy communities is not enough, Breslin argues. "Up-front community contributions," he says, are essential to making new water -- and sanitation -- facilities sustainable.
Water for People won a US$200,000 Development Markektplace 2007 award for water facilities in Malawi, which Breslin, in this radio interview, says "has some of the worst water and sanitation problems in Africa."
Breslin's credo -- that water and sanitation in poor countries should not be viewed as a charity mission -- is being validated elsewhere.
- South Asia
- Middle East and North Africa
- Latin America & Caribbean
- Europe and Central Asia
- East Asia and Pacific
- Social Development
- Public Sector and Governance
- Private Sector Development
- Financial Sector
- Communities and Human Settlements
- Capacity Development