At Blue Planet Network, we focus on safe drinking water in rural areas of developing nations.
In Rural Areas:
- the problem is supply
- the technical solutions are simple but specific to the situation
- sustainability is key, which means high-tech rarely works
- the real work begins once the water system is implemented—through education, maintenance, and community organization
- top-down solutions haven’t worked
Technology is a critical part of the solution, but it is not the solution itself. Technology must foster new approaches that build:
- collaboration and peer review among the hundreds of grassroots and large water groups around the world—to identify great new ideas, wherever they come from, and eliminate rote repetition of programs with inherent flaws
- transparency of project data, the successes and failures, to ensure accountability, increase trust, and speed investment in proven approaches
- creativity and capacity building at all levels—fundraising, investment, implementation, monitoring, reporting—and among all groups and individuals working toward the common goal of sustainable safe drinking water for all.
At Blue Planet Network, our global online network combines the technology of the Internet, advanced mapping and analytics with the power of a “human infrastructure” to create a real time environment where all this can be achieved.
We have funded $1.5 million water and sanitation projects, benefitting 350,000 people. We support an additional $25+ million in water and sanitation projects. We partner with 66 expert groups, working in 22 countries, to share best practices, optimize funding and make extensive project results available to all.
Our contribution to the safe drinking water sector is to leverage information and technology in combination with the knowledge of our “human social network,” powerful combination of People, Process and Technology.
Our approach delivers high quality, cost-efficient, long-term water and sanitation projects, while building the capacity of all participants and solving the scale issue of managing the implementation of tens of thousands of projects across the developing world.