The big picture
Access to clean water is a basic human right.
Yet over 2 billion people worldwide lack access to clean drinking water and billions more suffer from poor sanitation.
What are Unicef and Arm doing to tackle this? In September 2018, the Global Grand Challenges Explorations were launched to urge innovators to discover and develop meaningful digital solutions to improve access to safe, clean water and sanitation in urban areas. Keep scrolling to find out more.
people lack access to sanitation.
people worldwide defecate in the open.
people use toilets where the waste is not safely managed.
Global Grand Challenges Explorations
Scroll right to see how we have been making it easier to access safe, clean water and sanitation.
Global Grand Challenges launched
Unicef, Arm, The African Academy of Sciences with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched a Global Grand Challenges Exploration – Digital Innovations for WASH in Urban Settings.
With over 500 proposals from 47 different countries, this Grand Challenges Exploration became one of the top five most popular of all time.
15 solutions were chosen from the pool of over 500 proposals.
For 8 of these teams, the partners crafted a Bootcamp experience along with the WFP Innovation Accelerator, which culminated in a Pitch Night hosted by frog design.
The WFPP Innovation Accelerator identifies, nurtures and globally scales bold solutions to hunger.
Over the course of five days, innovation and humanitarian experts help teams thoroughly explore the challenges, create solutions and refine project plans.
Arm, Unicef, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will conduct a virtual bootcamp with the other seven teams that will cover the spectrum from Designing for Impact, Product Positioning and Go-To-Market Strategy and beyond.
With the bootcamp experience, and continuous support and mentorship throughout the grant period, Unicef and Arm will further identify 1-3 of the interventions to help transition to scale, with more funding, creation and linkage to more partnerships and investments, and collaborations across industries as needed.
Watch this space!