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Take a few minutes to have a look at our new video clip explaining the SMART Centre Approach

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SMART Centres in Stockholm

This year the SMART Centres will also be represented at the World Water Week

in Stockholm from the 27th of August until the 1st of September. You find us there at stand

no. 18 together with social enterprise Basic Water Needs, showcasing various SMARTechs, including the Tulip Water Filter. This is an effective and affordable filter for the Base of the Pyramid, produced in both Africa and Asia.  Please visit us at stand no.18 for demonstrations, a cup of safe water, material on various SMARTechs and explorations on how we can work together to

accelerate reaching the water related SDGs.

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SMART Centres at WEDC

The SMART Centres were represented at the annual WEDC conference in the UK (24th to the 28th of July 2017) and had a stand together with Transform International. Presentations bij the SMART Centres on Self-supply included:

Other presentations on Self-supply were given by Dr. Sally Sutton and Dr. Peter Harvey. Both clearly indicated that (supported) Self-supply is essential to reach the SDG 6. The presentation of Peter Harvey showed that for Zambia, where a large part of the unserved live in communities of less than 250 people,  water access via family wells could be 6 times cheaper than using conventional communal water supply.  Compared to communal wells, Self-supply wells have advantages like convenience and more hygiene since water is near, and possibilities of food production for own use and sales to local markets. As presented at the RWSN conference in 2016 other advantages of family wells include the high ownership and the fact that families share water with others so Self-supply can become communal supply. A topic related to Self-supply is house water treatment. A successful programme on selling effective and affordable water filters in Tanzania was presented by Dr. Annemarieke Maltha of Basic Water Needs.

Many more papers, presentations and posters can be downloaded under Resources.

SMART Centres at WEDC 2017

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SMART Centres at the Innovate for Water Event, Geneva

On behalf of the SMART Centre Group, Walter Mgina and Jasmina van Driel attended the Innovate for Water event (8th and 9th of June 2017). This was a matchmaking forum focusing on water, sanitation, entrepreneurship and sustainable investment. Day 1 was specifically geared to connecting entrepreneurs or entrepreneurial initiatives with (social impact) investors. Day 2 was an open forum, which provided an opportunity for meaningful interactions around Technologies, Business and Human Rights among water experts, impact investors, social entrepreneurs, multinational corporations, NGOs and UN agencies. On both days the SMART Centre approach was pitched by Jasmina.

lennekeSMART Centres at the Innovate for Water Event, Geneva
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Demonstration of a new water filter produced in Malawi

Water filter demo Stockholm
Demonstrating a table top filter produced in Malawi at the World Water Week in Stockholm. This filter purifies water, eliminating all bacteria, parasites and turbidity. The filter element is treated with silver, avoiding re-contamination of the purified water in the storage container. The filter capacity is 40 litres per day and has a retail price of around 20 USD. The SMART Centre Group is working with the local SMART Centres and partners to set-up local supply chains for this product.

More information can be obtained from info@smartcentregroup.com.

JasminaDemonstration of a new water filter produced in Malawi
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SMART Centres at the Stockholm Water Week

One of the topics discussed this week at the Stockholm Water Week is about reaching SDG 6. How do we reach the Target of water and sanitation for all in 2030?
Henk Holtslag, representing the SMART Centre group presented the SMART Centre approach as one option to reach these goals.
lennekeSMART Centres at the Stockholm Water Week
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Stockholm World Water Week: Smart Centres and Job opportunities

On Sunday August 28, Henk Holtslag will present “SMART Centres – Water and jobs by training local entrepreneurs”. This is part of a larger session on Value Chain Sustainability. Read further for the full Sunday program…

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Five SMART Centres meet in Tanzania

In May 2016, representatives of the 4 function SMART Centres in Tanzania, Malawi Mozambique and Zambia and the starting centre from Ethiopia met in Njombe in May at the SHIPO SMART Centre in Njombe.

dennisvleeuwenFive SMART Centres meet in Tanzania
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