Besides being a source of inspiration, EMF's close cooperation with numerous international partner organisations has proved invaluable to the successful outcome of its projects. Over the past 20 years EMF has built an extensive, authoritative and active network, and has good connections with the private sector. In addition, EMF has long-standing experience with networking and bringing matching partners together.
EMF and the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) have been looking into how the clean water and sanitation problems in developing countries can be linked to their religious institutions. As more over half the schools in these countries are directly faith related, clean drinking water and sanitation at schools was chosen as a starting point for tackling the problem. The International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC) in the Netherlands was approached and agreed to cooperate with EMF and ARC on this initiative, which has meanwhile led to the establishment of the Water Schools programme.
Founded in 1995 by HRH Prince Philip, ARC is a secular body that helps the major religions of the world to develop their own environmental programmes, based on their own core teachings, beliefs and practices. It help the religions link with key environmental organisations – creating powerful alliances between faith communities and conservation groups.
For the past five years ARC and EMF and more recently WWF International/UK have been assisting Daoist nuns and priests with the building of new ecologigally friendly temples in harmony with their sacred environment to replace those destroyed during the Cultural Revolution.The Daoists have pledged pledged to bring ecological education into their temples, to reduce pollution caused by insense burners, to sustainably farm the land, to protect specials and forests, to save energy, and to protect water resources. EMF has been providing technological expertise.More
In 2007 EMF joined the Voltea team working on a new desalination technology called Flow Through Capacitator (FTC), invented by American Marc Andelman and further developed by Unilever Ventures. The FTC water purification technology, which uses little electricity, has high water recovery and needs no chemical regeneration, is currently being tested in the field in Bangladesh to rid the drinking water supply of dangerous levels of arsenic and its salty taste. The Bangladesh project [link] is an initiative of EMfF and the Proportion Foundation, directed by Iqbal Quadir, founder of the Grameen Phone Company. It is the outcome of the Clean Water Foundation they jointly set up to develop a program for an entrepreneurial model for arsenic-free drinking water in Bangladesh where 25 million people are obliged to drink water this the lethally contaminated water.
EMF works closely with the Valley Foundation. The Valley Foundation co-finances small-scale water initiatives that promise to have a high impact in increasing access to water for the poor.
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 »