Global Water Challenge: Dilemma of Building Strategic Social Partnerships

Global Water Challenge: Dilemma of Building Strategic Social Partnerships
Case Code: BSTR545
Case Length: 17 Pages
Period: 2005-2016
Pub Date: 2018
Teaching Note: Available
Price: Rs.500
Organization: Global Water Challenge
Industry: Government & Non-Profit Organisations
Countries: USA
Themes: Corporate Responsibility, Environmental Sustainability, Rural Markets
Global Water Challenge: Dilemma of Building Strategic Social Partnerships
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Issues and Challenges in the 'WASH' Sector

Despite making huge investments, the sustainability of the WASH projects remained a challenge. The projects suffered from various operational and technical shortcomings. It was observed that most organizations primarily focused on achieving their targets, rather than concentrating on assessing the actual impact of the investments. In the year 2016, it was estimated that the average global water points failure rate was 40% (Refer to Exhibit-III for Global Water Point Failure Rates)...

GWC Steps in to Fill the Gaps

GWC was founded in 2006 with the support of the Better World Fund, Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF), Cargill, The Coca-Cola Company, Dow Chemical Company, Ford Motor Company, Kimberly-Clark, Merck, and Wallace Genetic Foundation as founding members. The top five sponsoring companies of GWC had a global market presence that could reach 94% of the global population...

Bringing Together the Stackholders

The interactions facilitated identification of potential areas and regions across the world for investments in the WASH projects. GWC’s first project School Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Plus (SWASH+) was launched with the support of The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) and the Bill Gates and Melinda Gates Foundation to provide WASH facilities in Kenyan schools. After the success of the project, it was expanded to other regions of Latin America. GWC initiated several pilot projects to test their ability to replicate and sustainability before implementing them on a large scale....

Protecting Children's Rights

GWC supported hundreds of WASH projects in schools. The initiatives supported by it helped 500,000 schoolchildren gain access to clean water, better sanitation facilities, and improved hygiene conditions (Refer to Table-III for WASH in School Projects supported by GWC). For example, GWC facilitated partnerships....

Empowering Women

In the year 2012, GWC initiated the “Women for Water” campaign inviting and motivating its members to focus on creating awareness and spreading the message of how the provision of sustainable WASH facilities improved the quality of a woman’s life. GWC worked along with TCCC, Global Grassroots , and Water for People to create an impact by sharing their efforts. All the three organizations implemented various programs to create awareness among women. GWC provided technical, financial, and operational support to the organizations besides advising them to spread the message on a large scale by active customer engagement in their activities...

Strategic Consulting

GWC also offered consulting services to various industries by identifying water risks and offering sustainable solutions. Increasing population, global warming, and scarcity of water sources were increasingly becoming the major risk factors for industries, in which water served as a vital component of their businesses. GWC associated with various private parties in identifying the risks and developing water stewardship strategies, which would help the organizations to capitalize on business opportunities...

Challenge Ahead

It was estimated that on every $US1 invested in WASH projects in emerging markets, a return of up to $US4 was expected, contributing to an economic growth of 2% to 7% . And as per estimates released by the WHO and UNICEF, around 32% of the world’s population lacked access to WASH facilities...


Exhibit I:Global Water Challenge Model
Exhibit II: Sustainability Impact of Global Water Challenge
Exhibit III: Global Water Point Failure Rates
Exhibit IV: GWC’s Management Board
Exhibit V: GWC’s Coalition Partners
Exhibit VI: Framework of GWC’s Model
Exhibit VII: Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN)

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