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1 With thanks to Peter van der Linde (NWP) Jan 2008

2 These problems need to be solved…. Information is spread over a large number of sources and hard to find for non specialists The development sector is inefficient: % of funds are directed away from intended beneficiaries. The development sector struggles to attract additional flows of money to provide water / sanitation to the poor The development sector struggles to share and visualise results and suffers from a lack of transparency High barriers of entry for outsiders

3 Akvo will tackle these problems in an innovative way…. Akvo will provide three integrated products: -Akvopedia – an open knowledge platform dedicated to small scale water and sanitation solutions -Akvo Matchmaking – an online marketplace to connect funds directly to local initiatives -Akvo Really Simple Reporting – an easy and transparent way to track projects in the field

4 Akvopedia – open knowledge….. The Akvopedia is an online open knowledge base for easy to implement, sustainable, inexpensive solutions for water and sanitation Benefits: - central open database for appropriate solutions - reduction of knowledge sharing costs - low barriers of entry to information for non-specialists - owned by all Akvopedia is available to use today at



7 Akvo Matchmaking – direct funding…. Akvo Matchmaking will make it possible to connect funds directly to projects from trusted local intermediaries through online donations and loans Benefits: - significant reduction of overhead costs - easy attraction of additional flows of money - demand driven funding (transparent) - possibilities to fund small projects (scale-up) Some of the principles have already been tried in the market successfully by others like

8 Akvo RSR – really simple reporting…. Akvo Really Simple Reporting (RSR) is a water and sanitation project monitoring and reporting platform. It will be integrated with mobile phone (SMS) tools. Benefits: - significant cost reduction - easy to manage / monitor large numbers of projects - easy to intervene in projects pro-actively - visualisation of results (descriptions/pictures/movies) The Akvo Matchmaking, Monitoring and Reporting systems are expected to be delivered in August 2008

9 Not for profit, but run as a business…. Akvo is in the process of being established as a non- profit foundation in the Netherlands. It is founded by IT, water and sanitation experts. Founding organizations: -GreenOcean -IRC International Centre for Water and Sanitation -Netherlands Water Partnership -Movement Design Bureau -UNESCO - IHE

10 Our current status….

11 Our partner organisations…. Committed launching customers: 1.Fodra (Delhi - India) 2.Arghyam (Bangalore - India) 3.Waste / Simavi (global school sanitation program) Committed initial content providers (in kind): -IRC, Waste, Practica, Acacia, SNV, MWF Interested funding organisations: -Partners for Water, UN habitat, FMO Bank, SNS Bank, ASN Bank, NWP, Global Water Challenge (CSR for multinationals) and several private investors.

12 August be up and running…. We are securing a Grant to be able to: develop a running website with a simplified design set-up a program to build out the content of Akvopedia develop the Akvo matchmaking software develop and field-test Akvo Really Simple Reporting extend our international partnership network run a frontrunner marketing campaign secure investors / soft loans to run Akvo after august

13 Why be involved with Akvo now? Akvo can speed up the implementation of water and sanitation solutions. You will benefit by: being exposed as and part of our rapidly growing network and online community. linking your organisation to an innovative, inspiring new brand with proven and early success. being incorporated in our innovative and refreshing marketing campaign. being a first user to make sure Akvo fits your needs.

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