The world's water supplies are under increasing pressure in both developed and developing countries, while millions of people worldwide remain excluded from sufficient safe drinking water and sanitation. Ecological Management Foundation addresses these issues by pioneering and promotiong appropriate technical, commercial, financial and social innovations in developed and developing countries. Much of EMF's work is in partnership with organisations around the world dedicated to the same cause.
EMF currently co-heads a groundbreaking water purification project in Bangladesh that is set to provide safe drinking water for 24 million inhabitants of areas affected by serious arsenic contamination and salinity problems. This project focuses not only on field testing the FTC technology developed by Voltea in Leiden, but also aims to set up local small-scale water purification factories which will eventually be able to function without foreign support.
Since 2010 EMF has partnered the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) in its Water Schools Programme Its mission is to promote sustainable clean water, sanitation facilities and hygiene in faith-related schools. This will ultimately lead to a reduction in water-related school absenteeism and, in the long run, to a community-wide reduction in water-borne disease.
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?More »