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UN Foundation Director Talks Financing the SDGs
United Nations Foundation

This week, members of the government, civil society and the private sector will gather at the United Nations for the Forum on Financing for Development. The forum is a moment to access progress toward the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, an agreement to generate financing and…

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Running Water Enables Business to Come to Life in Lima
Lili Petersen

Grecia, a 26-year-old from Lima, Peru was a part of the 4.5 billion people worldwide without access to safe water and sanitation services. She recently received her loan through local microfinance lender MiBanco and WaterCredit, and used the money and time that water access has…

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New Irrigation Project in Colorado Will Save A Billion Gallons of Water
Nature Conservancy

The Colorado River provides drinking water for more than 36 million people in the U.S. and Mexico. It irrigates over 5 million acres of agricultural land providing food production, hydropower, and supporting a $26 billion recreation economy. This month, The Nature Conservancy launched a pilot…

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Founders of Water.org Build out New Organization
Beckie Strum

Matt Damon and Gary White have built out from their original nonprofit, Water.org, a new organization called WaterEquity, which bills itself as the first-ever impact-investment manager exclusively focused on ending the global water crisis. This month, WaterEquity officially closes a US$50 million flagship fund, which…

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WaterCredit Empowers Businesswomen in Philippines
Water.org

Nimfa, a Philipine local, is a beautician who runs a salon out of her home using fresh water from her tap. Water.org brought Nimfa and her neighbors access to WaterCredit through a partnership with a financial institution in their village, which helps unlock their potential…

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Clean Water Changes Everything, Announces Charity Water
charity: water

When charity: water started in 2007, 1.1 billion people were without access to clean water. Thanks to millions of donors and the work of thousands of other organizations, this number has nearly been cut in half. In honor of World Water Day, charity: water shares…

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Matt Damon Discusses Water.org’s Global Impact
Cate Matthews

Matt Damon, a film industry veteran, philanthropist and co-founder of Water.org, is dedicated to making safe water and sanitation accessible to thousands of communities around the world through a unique approach of leveraging microloans and “water equity.” Damon tells A Plus why he was inspired…

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WaterCredit Helps Transform The Cycle of Poverty into Opportunity
Jennifer Tisdel Schorsch

While much work remains to achieve SDG 6, universal access to sanitation and water by 2030, the biggest barrier is capital. According to World Bank estimates, SDG6 targets will require $114 billion each year – and must attract new sources of funding through a blended…

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