Singapore, World Vision and more than 400 partners have come together to find new ways of providing clean water to hundreds of million of people. The new partnership hub will assess what’s working in the region and try to broker new collaborations to take those projects to a much bigger scale. The hub offers governments, corporations, foundations and entrepreneurs a safe, no-obligation place to thrash out market-driven ideas.
Results & Impact
In only six months, the hub has found 450 interested partners, including multinationals like Procter & Gamble and start-ups like water filter firm WateROAM. Its target is to broker at least three major corporate partnerships within two years
The hub has been set up by Water Vision and the government of Singapore, but talks continue with governments in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Indonesia and the Philippines as well as multinationals, NGOs and start-ups
The Asia P3 Hub identifies innovative water projects in the countries it is working in, and convenes meetings between governments, entrepreneurs and multinationals to accelerate them
Cost & Value
$1.4 million in initial investment to get up and running
Running since 2016
In countries where a systematic and disciplined approach to partnering is not always common, Asia P3 Hub has had to run workshops explaining the benefits of collaboration. One major aspect of the work involves leading by example with work already being done in Singapore
Singapore and the NGO World Vision International have created a hub for governments, companies and foundations to find and scale up means of providing clean water to hundreds of millions of people.
The Asia P3 Hub will pull together innovative, market-driven water projects and try to broker new collaborations on them between some 450 partners, including six other governments, start-ups and multinationals like Procter & Gamble.
“Companies are always looking for new markets in the region,” said Christy Davis, Executive Director of the hub. “The old model of businesses simply donating funds to alleviate problems is fast disappearing. They want results which will improve peoples lives, and they want to play a constructive role in seeing those aims realised.”
The hub was set up by World Vision, an NGO which already works in 19 countries in the region, and the government of Singapore, which provided half the funding. Although it aims to bring clean water to people through the region, the project’s immediate targets are the countries Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Indonesia and the Philippines, where sanitation and water hygiene are closely linked to recurring droughts, flooding and contamination.
The hub worked with Singapore Management University as a knowledge partner and a new start-up WateROAM which produces a portable water filtration system that has been used in post-disaster relief.
Innovative projects the hub has already identified include Caddisfly, a smartphone app for testing water quality. It was developed in India by the specialist data organisation Akvo, with funding from the Dutch development organisation SNV.
Another major aspect of the hub’s work is to look at relevant research and development departments, multinationals and social entrepreneurs already based in Singapore, who could offer solutions to the countries affected.
The hub convenes non-binding, no-obligation conversations with relevant stakeholders who are interested in tackling the issue, and has been launched with the intention of brokering three major partnerships producing quantifiable results by the end of two years.
As of June 2017, the hub had secured partners like Kohler, Crazy About Water, Solar Water Solutions and Clean the World for WASH, as well as others – such as Accenture, Uberis Capital, A Very Good Company – which provide expertise the organisations builds out this new operating model. The hub is convening its first Asia P3 Hub, called Myanmar Co-Creation Conversation, to bring together the different sectors tackling WASH issues.
Water crises were singled out as a global risk of highest concern for the next decade at the World Economic Forum in Davos last year. Around 630 million people in Asia do not currently have access to water.
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