A Single Drop for Safe Water inc.

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A Single Drop for Safe Water inc.: Water/Sanitation sustainability at the intersection: Governance, Demand, Supply

Puerto Princesa City, PhilippinesPhilippines
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$1 million - $5 million
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) sustainability occurs at the intersection of Governance, Demand and Supply. ASDSW uses community demand to drive this paradigm shift enabling rights holders to demand for better services and building capacity of duty bearers to provide needed services.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

We can change the paradigm of government to treat WaSH as a service and not just a project.
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

In the Philippines access to safe water/good sanitation doesn't exist for 10 million people. There is water, there is technology and there is funding. The issue is about people prioritizing Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH), taking responsibility for it, having the capacity to implement, operate maintain & manage it. Using Community Demand to drive supply/governance, enlarging that intersection, sustainable WaSH service delivery can be achieved

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Creation of demand in communities so that they prioritize WaSH as an important issue and changing their social norms is the foundation. This combined by developing strong participative governance structures and accountable service delivery. Working on all 3 aspects, increasing the intersection of the 3 leads to sustainability and growth. This creates a systemic change of 1: Moving from WaSH as a project to WaSH as service and 2: From Supply driven development to Demand driven development. ASDSW through a hybrid structure with Single Drop Consulting Services has worked with communities and government to make this change happen at a local level. Using those success stories and leveraging relationships seeks systemic change by all.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The story of Buhi typifies the evolution of the organization. In 2007 and 2008 we worked with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Buhi in one barangay (village) to build a water system and the management structure, funded by Latter Day Saints Charities (2,000 People). At the completion of the project the Mayor approached us and said "can we do it again". No was the answer but lets build a LGU task force and a plan then develop a project. Did this and submitted proposal for 1 barangay. The funder looking at this said make it "bigger" and in the end 9 barangays, 16,000 people. This system expanded to other barangays and the LGU is now working on their own using government money to complete the mission of water system in all barangays.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Direct is those that receive new or improved WaSH Services or capacity development Indirect is those that are covered by government units that are institutionalizing WaSH governance, plans and starting implementation Humanitarian Response Direct benefit in emergencies 2011 Direct 250,000 Indirect 210,000 HR 45,500 2012 Direct 140,000 Indirect 200,000 HR 150,500 2013 and 2014 still to be consolidated as there is much overlap but numbers are similar 2015 is large scale up projected to exceed previous years

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

10,000,000 if the systemic change is made. This would not be done by ASDSW but by communities and government with ASDSW doing its part. By changing the paradigm the bottlenecks for resource use would be fixed enabling equitable service delivery to be achieved.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

ASDSW is a non-profit. SDCS is a for-profit that supplies the staff power for implementation of projects. ASDSW provides the direction and is accountable and the profits are used to build up the capacity and resilience of both organizations. As the advocacy gains traction the opportunities for SDCS to build capacity increase and funding sources will also diversify.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

National Government Policy is actually very close to the advocacy of ASDSW. Implementation and capacity development is the issue as well as convincing devolved government structures that this is a good idea. The market is large and more traditional INGO's and NGO's shy away from the governance work. In addition to this engineering contractors only deal with supply so currently we are the only actors in this very specific marketplace.