Increasing access to safe water for vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.

Clean water scarcity is a significant problem in rural areas of Sub-Sahara Africa, yet it is critical to human health and livelihoods. Providing access to safe and affordable water at reasonable distances from the home improves productivity, community participation, and school attendance. We partner with organizations working in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Niger and India, targeting vulnerable and disadvantaged populations living in these countries.

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Moving the Needle on Sustainable Access to Safe Water

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has been funding the water sector in sub-Saharan Africa for twenty-five years. However, the Foundation is more than just a funder. They have played a leadership role in bringing attention to the need to provide access to safe water on a sustainable basis.


Millennium Water Alliance

To increase access to safe water for an additional 300,000 people in rural Ethiopia, and to strengthen the capacity of government to manage existing water supply assets and deliver reliable safe water services to 3.2 million people in 23 districts.

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    In Practice (Full Report): Providing Access to Safe Water

    September 2012

    Since 1990, the Hilton Foundation has awarded more than $114 million to increase sustainable access to safe water to more than 2 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa and water-stressed regions of India and Mexico.In this In Practice paper, Dr. Tanvi Nagpal reports on lessons learned from two decades of philanthropic investment in safe water, sanitation, and hygiene for the rural poor.

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