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The EMF Library publishes interesting articles, documentaries, news, toolkits and links for you to download. Below a selection from our digital shelves.

Documentaries: The Blue Gold

Het Blauwe Goud (The Blue Gold) is a 4-part TV documentary series covering the problems and solutions to freshwater shortages in the developing world. The series, which was was originally broadcast on Dutch television by the NCRV in June/July 2008, featured the following countries and organisations:

  • Kenya  (Amref/Flying Doctors; ISCOM and SNS Waterfund)
  • India and Sri Lanka  (Clean Water Now!)
  • Gambia  (Acqua Aero Water Systems)
  • Cambodia  (WaterRight)
  • Vietnam  (Vitens/Evides and the Netherlands Government)
  • Nigeria  (The Association of Water Boards (UVW))
  • Nicaragua  (Friesland Foods)

Besides taking the initiative for the series, and selecting the projects, EMF also conducted an extensive interview with Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands. 

Toolkits: Water and Sanitation Business Development Toolkit

The Water and Sanitation Business Development Toolkit is an in depth guide to the principles of doing business in poverty-stricken areas, offers a step-by-step business development approach and provides practical tools, tips and background information.

Happenings: Partners for Water funds Bangladesh project

EMF's Bangladesh Project, which aims to provide Arsenic free water to 30,000 villages in rural Bangladesh, has been rated as the best application in the Partners for Water Subsidy Scheme. The project was officially launched by EMF founder Allerd Stikker at the opening bell ceremony at Amsterdam's Stock Exchange on 15 December 2010.

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Sanitation 2.0 re-using pee and poo
Rising to the challenge of water scarcity
Working on water together
Opening up the oceans with desalination
When water hits your bottom line


Investment Funds for Water and Sanitation: Y/N?

Social impact investing is on the rim to become main streamed, this will take another 3-5 years, but the trend is clear: more and more high net worth individuals prefer to invest instead of donate, taking a more business wise approach. Investing in Micro Finance Institutions (MFI) is a clear example impact investing pays off, from a financial point of view. However the social and environmental impact of commercial operating MFIs' is not a given fact of their business. Most of these institutes realize they have to improve, so why don't MFIs' invest in water and sanitation?

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