"We will get to 49% adoption" said Joel determinedly. We were standing in a makeshift meeting room tacked onto the end of the Evidence Action field office in Busia, Western Kenya. Joel is the local Area Coordinator for Dispensers for Safe Water, one of Evidence Action’s flagship projects. My first impressions as the new Deputy Director of Global Safe Water on how Evidence Action is approaching sustainability and results differently.
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Evidence Action is proud to announce that we are now officially registered under South Pole Carbon’s International Water Purification Programme to generate carbon credits for Dispensers for Safe Water in Uganda. The project in Uganda will be jointly registered with the Gold Standard Foundation, meaning that it meets the highest standards of sustainable development for the communities in which we work. Dispensers for Safe Water, one of Evidence Action’s flagship programs operating in Kenya, Uganda, and Malawi, reduces the need to burn fossil fuels as a means of boiling drinking water. Instead, people are able to purify their water with the simple and effective addition of a small amount of chlorine directly at the water source.
“Everyone Forever” is a set of principles for water sector service delivery promoted by Water for People and its partners, including IRC International Water and Sanitation Center and Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor.Everyone, Forever has three main tenets: 1. universal access for every individual and institution starting at the district level; 2. long-term indicators of sustainable service delivery; and 3. meaningful, financial engagement with communities and governments.
Everyone, Forever is a response to the historic focus on inputs and short-term metrics that have previously prevented the sort of transformational change necessary to dramatically and sustainably improve access to water services in developing countries.
We at Evidence Action are committed to sustainable services with our Dispensers for Safe Water program, and are keen to contribute to the goal of Everyone, Forever.