Catalyzing action across multiple actors in international development will facilitate increased access to clean water and sanitation.
Over 750 million people still lack access to clean water, and progress has slowed in recent years.6 Globalization, urbanization and climate change are compounding the pressures on supplying clean water and sanitation facilities. Yet the potential gains are huge: global savings from investing in sanitation and water are estimated at $170 billion per year.
Sustainable access to clean water for communities can be achieved through multiple channels, from public service provision through to market-based approaches; spanning both small but scalable solutions and large-scale infrastructure projects. Private sector actors who once focused on merely mapping their water impact are now bringing new products and business models to the table to respond to unmet demands for water services provision. Equally, emerging governments continue to strive to meet their communities’ growing demand for services. The most suitable approaches, solutions and solution providers are frequently dependent on different country and community contexts. Existing actors need internal flexibility and capacity in order capitalize on differing approaches, ensuring the poorest in society benefit whilst maximizing the potential for broadening access to clean water and sanitation. Whether in designing new initiatives, growing existing markets or helping to evaluate long-standing programs, Accenture Development Partnerships utilizes new innovations and advances in technology in order to mobilize resources and deliver effective programs on the ground. Frequently working closely with Accenture’s Sustainability Services Group, we are able to leverage the skills and knowledge of our global practice, helping organizations to work across sectors and deliver systemic change. For instance, Accenture helped to design, incubate and launch the Green Grown Action Alliance in partnership with the World Economic Forum, which this year released a report on ways to unlock private finance for sustainable growth. Marine Stewardship Council’s IT strategy is aligned to its strategic five-year business plan The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the world’s leading certification and eco-labeling program, works closely with various organizations– from fisheries to retail chains and restaurants—to make the world’s seafood markets sustainable. Currently, MSC-labeled seafood exceeds $3.2 billion in retail value. As information is a critical enabler of MSC’s strategy, being essential for optimization of the certification process and streamlining of data flows across its business chain, MSC wanted to ensure its information technology (IT) strategy was aligned to its strategic five-year business plan.