Carbon Credits for Dispensers: Financing Clean Water For Millions
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Carbon Credits for Dispensers: Financing Clean Water For Millions

Evidence Action’s Dispensers for Safe Water program currently provides access to sustainable safe drinking water services to about two million people. This reach will extend to four million by the end of this year and 25 million by 2018. Scaling up this program, which is proven to be highly effective, takes new and innovative financing approaches. We are committed to providing sustainable services.  How do we do this?   

We do not recover costs directly via user fees in our Dispensers for Safe Water program. There is rigorous evidence in the rural water sector, and in preventative health more generally, that charging user fees screens out many people as people are not willing to pay for very much at all for these services and there are many competing demands in families for scarce resources.

Even at an anticipated low cost of $0.50 per person per year at scale, we needed to put in place the necessary financing to ensure that dispensers can be maintained and refilled with chlorine over the long-term.

One option that helps us achieve our dual commitments to sustainable services and zero user fees is revenue from carbon credits.  How do they work? 

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Announcing Evidence Action’s New Board of Advisors
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Announcing Evidence Action’s New Board of Advisors

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our Board of Advisors.  Our advisors support our decision making about whether potential programs and expansions or innovations associated with current programs are evidence-based, have a sound business model, and are a strong fit for Evidence Action

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Chlorine Dispensers Work for Safer Water. A Review of the Evidence.
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Chlorine Dispensers Work for Safer Water. A Review of the Evidence.

This blog post summarizes our take on the evidence supporting chlorine dispensers. We discuss the evidence from the epidemiology and economics literature for the health impacts of chlorine and other approaches to water quality improvements, as well as the important role of compliance or adoption in realizing health benefits.

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