Innovation in the WASH sector does not need to come from the big players. Startups are key to produce disruptive changes -for the better- in water and sanitation. Being an entrepreneur is a daunting task. You face dozens of challenges every single day. The digital platform you developed has too many bugs. Your prototype is taking much longer to develop than planned. … [Read more...] about David and goliath: a false dilemma for innovation in the WASH sector
The IDB-FEMSA Awards to innovation on water and sanitation are reaching their tenth anniversary in 2019 and will be celebrating the occasion with a special edition. This year we are launching Ideas into Action an award specifically for water and sanitation utilities in the region. First, second, and third place winners of the IDB-FEMSA Awards will receive US$15,000, … [Read more...] about Awards for Innovation in water and sanitation 2019
World Water Day calls for ensuring water for all. Peru’s Andean communities are taking steps to warrant water and sanitation rights 4,000 meters above sea level. In Romatambo, Peru, at the foothills of the snow-covered Caullaraju, on the white Andes Mountains and 4,000 meters above sea level, temperatures usually drop below 0° Celsius (32° Fahrenheit) in the summer and never … [Read more...] about Rights for all: water and sanitation 4,000 meters above sea level
It is clear that we will not be able to close the gap basic services in Latin America and the Caribbean if we do not invest in innovation in water and sanitation. *By Luisa M. Mimmi and Fabiana Machado Innovation is quickly and inevitably changing the way we think and provide infrastructure services. Processes are being transformed and boundaries across sectors shifted. … [Read more...] about Technological disruption: a look into the future innovation in water and sanitation
By Alfredo Zolezzi A few weeks ago we learned and celebrated an impressive historical event. Nine years after the start of one of the most ambitious NASA missions, and after traveling 4.8 billion kilometers, the New Horizons probe reached the most distant planet in our solar system: Pluto. Already in 2012 the Curiosity rover landed on Mars, where it still is exploring and … [Read more...] about After Pluto, what will be our next challenge?