Environment, WASH, and Health Expertise

Improving Water and Sanitation in Informal Settlements

Since 2007, the Development Innovations Group (DIG) has expanded and improved access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for informal settlements in poor, urban and peri-urban communities worldwide.  To improve service delivery to informal settlements, DIG works with and ensures buy-in from the full range of stakeholders, including municipal governments, WASH utilities, WASH small …

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Solid Waste / Ocean Plastics Management

DIG improves municipal solid waste management (SWM) systems by identifying weaknesses and gaps, and building the capacity of local governments, service providers, and households to address them. DIG helps local governments to develop and implement environmentally friendly SWM plans and policies; to collaborate with the private sector on service delivery; and to comply with national …

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Capacity Building and Business Planning of Utilities and Small Service Providers

Since 2007, DIG has played a pivotal role in building the capacity of utilities and small service providers (SSPs).  DIG has supported municipal governments, utilities, and SSPs through training and capacity building to: assess client demand and capacity to pay for basic services, analyze gaps in utility business operations, design utility project business plans, develop …

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Innovative WASH Sector Financing

One of the key challenges facing all WASH service providers is financing for new infrastructure investments, particularly those serving the poor.  DIG’s work is focused on the intersection between WASH service delivery, commercial financing, and subsidies.  Resilient water infrastructure requires large, long-term investments. DIG supports utilities and small service providers to establish demand and capacity …

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Urban Health

DIG’s approach to urban health is simple: by focusing on some of the pillars of good health – clean water, reliable sanitation, and solid waste / ocean plastics management – we can improve the health status of entire communities. We work with communities and municipalities to improve WASH infrastructure and basic service delivery (see our WASH …

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Gender Mainstreaming of the WASH Sector

DIG promotes gender mainstreaming in the WASH sector by building the capacity of service providers to adopt institutional gender policies and to provide a more equitable delivery of services. DIG works with a range of service providers from small, informal operators to large government-owned and private utilities. DIG’s extensive support to these organizations includes designing …

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Multi-Stakeholder Integration (WASH)

DIG experts design and implement WASH programming that taps into the resources and meets the interests of local communities, governments (municipal, county, and national), utilities, wash enterprises, commercial banks, multi-lateral institutions, and private sector actors.  This work has resulted in more effective public-private-community partnerships to improve basic service provision for urban and rural poor communities …

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