SAFE WATER NETWORK

Go Beyond Water

New York, NY   |  www.safewaternetwork.org

Mission

We envision a world with healthy, thriving communities, each managing its own sustainable supply of safe water. Safe Water Network's mission is to develop and demonstrate affordable, economically viable solutions, to share sector knowledge, and to build partnerships that reach millions in need.

Ruling year info

2006

Chief Executive Officer

Kurt Soderlund

Main address

122 East 42nd Street Suite 2800

New York, NY 10168 USA

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EIN

51-0570455

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Management & Technical Assistance (W02)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Small Water Enterprises for Sustainable Safe Water Supply

Safe Water Network is advancing the market for small water enterprises to increase access to affordable, reliable safe water supply in rural, peri-urban, and urban communities beyond the reach of piped networks.

In India and Ghana, we implement small water enterprises, locally owned and operated businesses providing communities with a safe, affordable, and dependable supply of water that meets relevant quality guidelines. They are particularly suited for growing towns, not reached by large infrastructure investment, and areas where traditional borehole solutions are not adequate.

In collaboration with implementers, governments, funders, companies, and development institutions, we’re establishing best practices for small water enterprises. Our growing operating footprint provides a real-world, open-source learning lab that allows us to optimize key components across the proposition.

Building on our successes in the field, Safe Water Network is working alongside stakeholders to expand small water enterprises in Ghana, India, and globally. By documenting the benefits of small water enterprises, unlocking systemic challenges to scale, and joining with other implementers, we seek to reach thousands of communities with safe water, improving the health and livelihoods of millions of people.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people receiving safe drinking water from community systems

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Small Water Enterprises for Sustainable Safe Water Supply

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Safe Water Network was co-founded in 2006 by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman and other prominent civic and business leaders to realize a word with healthy, thriving communities, managing their own sustainable supply of safe water. Our mission is to develop and demonstrate affordable, economically viable solutions, to share sector knowledge and build partnerships to reach millions in need.

Since 2008, we have worked with communities in Ghana and India to develop locally owned and managed Safe Water Stations. Our teams in Accra and New Delhi bring policy, management, operating and technical expertise to the advancement of safe water solutions.

Our Safe Water Stations also act as real-world innovations labs. Through testing and refinement, we simplify operations, lower costs, and standardize the model for replication and ultimately scale. We partner with leading organizations from the public, private and academic sectors to continuously refine and standardize our model for replication at scale.

We catalyze sector leaders to advance the agenda for community water solutions and provide a platform to increase our impact through knowledge-sharing with like-minded organizations. Our research helps to solve the challenges to local sustainability. Our engagements bring together sector leaders to share insights, foster best practices and collaborate for greater impact.

Our team of experts is dedicated to overcoming the obstacles of providing safe water to those in need. With backgrounds in engineering, operations, finance, health and government policy, we are focused on achieving lasting impact on human development and expanding our efforts to bring sustainable safe water to the communities where we work.

Our network and partners are valuable resources that strengthen our capabilities to continue to grow. Our funding partners come from a range of sectors, including governments, national and global corporations and foundations. Our solutions partners provide specialized skills to solve well-defined challenges. Their support has helped us with initiatives from demand generation to remote monitoring. We also partner with organizations in India and Ghana for their specialized local knowledge. They help us in mobilizing communities, and implement health and hygiene training.

To date we work with over 330 communities throughout Ghana and India providing safe water access to over 1.2 million people.

We are dedicated to sharing our experiences— both successes and failures—across the sector and have already made significant progress through our regular events and communications. Our annual Beyond the Pipe forums in Ghana and India are attended by sector leaders. Participants advance an agenda through working groups and field collaborations. In addition, we host events at other major global gatherings such as Stockholm World Water Week. We also influence sector professionals and decision makers by disseminating our findings. Our country-focused Sector Reviews provide a comprehensive survey of the opportunities for market-based approaches to safe water provision, including an analysis of existing systems in operation. Each of our Field Insights describes a challenge we faced, the approach we took to address it, and the observed results.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SAFE WATER NETWORK

Board of directors
as of 10/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Steve Zide

Senior Advisor, Bain Capital


Board co-chair

Dr. Rita Colwell

Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Richard Delaney

Retired SVP, International Operations, PepsiCo, Inc.

Christina Gold

Former President and CEO, The Western Union Company

Harold Newman

Partner, Neuberger Berman

Linda Nordstrom

Northstream Development

Chris Brody

Chairman, Vantage Partners, LLC

Farouk Ladha

Founder and Managing Partner, Four Rivers Group

Surya Mohapatra, PhD

Former Chairman and CEO, Quest Diagnostics

Vivek Sankaran

President and CEO, Albertsons Companies

Josh Weston

Retired Chair and CEO, Automatic Data Processing

Kurt Soderlund

CEO, Safe Water Network

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/12/2019

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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