This World Water Day we’ll be taking a look at the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and how our Beyond Water self-supply programme is helping Malawi achieve them. The Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations in 2015 to be fulfilled by 2030.
We achieve lasting positive change by harnessing the power of the community and local businesses to provide access to affordable, innovative and sustainable water and sanitation solutions, which we believe are the vital first step to better life expectancy, improved educational attainment and increased social and economic independence.
When community water pumps break down many stay out of operation for weeks, months, even years, forcing communities to revert to using unsafe water sources, and jeopardising health, income and food security. Traditional community management models have been successful in delivering water, but they often fail to incentivise maintenance and repair. DFID Malawi currently estimates that around 26% of rural community water pumps in Malawi are non-functioning, leaving 6million people at risk of disease and malnutrition. This is simply not sustainable.
We encourage local entrepreneurs to create small businesses which transform the lives of thousands by selling affordable pumps and services to communities across Malawi. We give people choices and create jobs, health and prosperity reducing the need for ongoing external aid.
To read more about the Un Sustainable Development goals visit the UN website here.
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