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Water Solutions: Leveraging Impact Through Smart Philanthropy

A Report on Water Solutions: Leveraging Impact Through Smart Philanthropy


Organised by Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies and curated by Arghyam, ‘Water Solutions: Leveraging Impact Through Smart Philanthropy’ was a day-long ecosystem convening held on September 21, 2019 in Mumbai, in order to bring together like-minded philanthropists and practitioners to deep-dive into solutions and opportunities for action at scale in water.

Designed as a follow-on to an India Philanthropy Initiative (IPI) Thematic on water challenges held earlier this year, the event kept in mind a strong solutions focus; with information and interactions that forged a positive bias for action in supporting scalable pathways to the water crisis. It highlighted the work of innovative water solutions, working on the themes of Community and Technology, and Governance and Policy, through three distinct lenses of access, quantity and quality of water.


24 water innovators and practitioners were shortlisted from a long list of water innovations in India based on key parameters such as theme relevance, credibility, innovation, collaboration and impact potential. Of these, 12 presented their organisation’s solutions at the event through a crisp showcase followed by audience Q&A.

Keynote speakers at the event included Rohini Nilekani, Founder-Chairperson, Arghyam, Dr. Mihir Shah, Distinguished Professor, Shiv Nadar University and former Member, Planning Commission of India, and Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India.

Ahead of the event, Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies, Arghyam and Sattva curated a report that focuses on water solutions, and the role philanthropy can play in their acceleration. The report features solutions that focus on community empowerment, technology-enablement and effective governance, which are critical levers for achieving scale and sustainability in improved water access, safety and security. It also profiles the 24 water innovators and practitioners.

The full report can be accessed below.

A Report on Water Solutions: Leveraging Impact Through Smart Philanthropy – Full Report

Click here to access videos and presentations of the water innovators.

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