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  • CALLING ALL ENTREPRENEURS FOR THE TOILET ACCELERATOR!

    February 28, 2019

    If your work is in toilet innovation, sanitation service models, sanitary products, organic resource recovery, waste treatment, preventative and digital health, energy, cleaning services, feminine care, MHM, organic fertilisers, nutrient solutions… we want to hear from you! Since 2016 the Toilet Board Coalition’s specialised corporate Accelerator programme has been supporting entrepreneurs with bespoke mentorship, partnership…

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  • World Water Day event 2019: Leave no one behind

    February 25, 2019

    Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 is crystal clear: Water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behind. Reaching the SDG6 targets means contributing to social development, economic stability, gender equality and environmental sustainability. SDG6 is a prerequisite to achieving the other SDGs and forms a real agenda for opportunities! Event ‘Leaving…

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  • Making ‘WASH everybody’s business works’!

    February 25, 2019

      Our Program Manager Hester Foppen is in Ethiopia for ‘Making WASH everybody’s business’, an approach developed by AMREF and Aqua for All. This weekend she met with these unemployed young men, living in a slum area in Addis Abababa, where they were given the opportunity to operate a public toilet. They have built five…

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  • Innovate4Water in Kisumu: local and international players explore opportunities for partnerships

    February 21, 2019

    More than 160 participants, representing (social) entrepreneurs, innovators, utilities, impact investors, financiers, local banks, NGOs etc. gathered at Innovate4Water in Kisumu (Kenya) on 6 and 7 February, to explore opportunities in the field of partnerships, financing and investments. The format of the event was a marketplace forum with short pitches and networking discussions. On 7…

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  • We are hiring a Managing Director!

    January 21, 2019

      Over the past years we have been successful in combining public and private sector in creating pro-poor solutions. As of now our ambition is to unlock (private) capital investments in order to lever our existing funds and maximise impact. These new innovative pro-poor business – and investment propositions, have to be developed and executed….

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  • VIA Water’s New Year’s blog: Levelling the playing field for local entrepreneurs

    January 10, 2019

      What does it take to become a successful entrepreneur in Africa? When it comes to innovation for development, success stems from empowering local communities, companies and organizations to work together on solutions. But it’s a bumpy road for local entrepreneurs. It’s often difficult to get the right permits in place, create good relationships with…

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  • ‘WASH & Learn! Sustainable WASH Services for Schools & Communities

    January 9, 2019

    (Photographer: Oscar Seijkens)   Simavi and Aqua for All jointly worked on sustainable Water & Sanitation Services for Schools and Communities in a three year program called ‘WASH and Learn!’ in three countries in Eastern Africa (2016-2018).  Aqua for All co-financed the program and we focused on ensuring long term functionality of the facilities. Girls…

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  • VIA Water projects rewarded

    January 7, 2019

    In 2018, many of VIA Water’s projects have been rewarded for the excellent work they do. They have been selected for awards and invited to prestigious gatherings. Here’s a short selection of them – but no doubt we missed a few. Greenkeeper Africa (GKA) has been selected as one of 33 tech entrepreneurs for the 2018 class…

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  • ‘You are never too small to make a big difference’

    December 24, 2018

      Crossing over into a new year can be a bit like the two sides of a coin. For some good that the year is over, for others the end of the year comes too soon. A year is certainly ample time to experience successes as well as failures. Without trying new things, we cannot…

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