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Gary White
Gary White is chief executive officer and co-founder of, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people in the developing world to gain access to safe water and sanitation. Gary’s entrepreneurial vision has driven innovations in the way water and sanitation projects are delivered and financed, and these innovations now serve as a model in the sector.

Since 1994, White has led through more than twenty years of sustainable growth, while positioning the organization as an innovative leader in the global water supply and sanitation space. He developed the organization’s WaterCredit Initiative, creating new financing options for poor populations to meet their water supply and sanitation needs.

In 2011 he was named to the TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people. In 2012 White received the World Social Impact Award from the World Policy Institute as well as being named one of the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of 2012. White is a leading member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Water.

Entries by Gary White

COP21 Offers an Opportunity to Integrate Water, Climate and Human Development

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 8:38 AM

In Paris, the world will seek -- once again -- an agreement on the future of climate. Yet for a billion of the poorest people in the world, the language of that agreement will not do nearly enough to address the impacts of climate change they are already feeling today.

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Sanitation Financing: An Opportunity to Accelerate an End to Open Defecation

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 3:13 PM


"Why do we have toilets at school but not at home?" This question by one of her children prompted Nusrat, a wife and mother of six living in India, to apply for a sanitation loan. Within two weeks of receiving the loan,

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Essere povero ti costa caro

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 3:32 AM

"Sono lieta del fatto che i miei figli non dovranno mai sapere che cosa significhi la crisi dell'acqua, così come invece l'ho dovuta soffrire io".

A pronunciare queste parole è Poppy, una madre in Bangladesh che grazie al programma WaterCredit di è di recente...

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It's Expensive to Be Poor

(10) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 9:32 AM

"I am happy that my children will not know the water crisis like I did before."

These are the words of Poppy, a mother in Bangladesh, who recently purchased a water pump through's WaterCredit program. Her words and dreams express the universal desire of parents to provide...

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Making a Dent in the Global Water Crisis: Why It's Time to Double Down

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2015 | 7:01 PM

In recognition of World Water Day 2015, we re-commit, refresh and strengthen our efforts to solve the global water crisis.

Achieving affordable access to safe water and sanitation for all has been one of humanity's most intractable problems. This is despite the fact that billions of us take these services...

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물을 긷는 소녀들의 꿈

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2015 | 12:22 PM

* 이 글은 배우 맷 데이먼과 창립자 게리 화이트가 허핑턴포스트US에 기고한 글을 번역한 것입니다.


우린 개발도상국을 방문해 수많은 소녀들의 꿈에 대해 들을 수 있었다. 의사, 변호사, 선생님 등이 되고 싶다는 희망을 말이다. 우리가 나눈 대화의 대부분은 소녀들이 매일 물을 긷기 위해...

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A Journey to Sundance to Help Save Lives

(7) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 7:36 AM

Over the years, we have traveled together to several developing countries, meeting thousands of women and young girls who shared their dreams of becoming a doctor, nurse, lawyer or teacher. Many of our conversations took place while tracing the long and often difficult path these women and young girls walked...

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What Do Ebola, ISIS, the Empire State Building, Skipping School, and $260 Billion All Have in Common?

(17) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 3:43 PM

How about a hint.

In the areas of West Africa hardest hit by Ebola, access to clean water and sanitation is the exception, not the norm. At-risk communities are susceptible to outbreak in part because they cannot properly wash their hands and lack adequate means to manage...

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The Future of Water Sustainability

(61) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 1:20 PM

This post first appeared in The Economist From The World In 2014 print edition
and on The Economist website.

Multinational companies have historically taken water availability for granted. But this is changing. A 2013 World Economic Forum report named water scarcity as one...

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Olivia Wilde, Richard Branson and Bono Join the Toilet Strike

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 6:00 AM

Today, Sir Richard Branson, Bono and Olivia Wilde declare their support for Matt Damon's Toilet Strike in the most recent PSA released by The group announced their protest of the global water crisis and pledged "not to go to the bathroom until everyone in the whole world has access...

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Jessica Biel, Jason Bateman, and Josh Gad Support the Toilet Strike!

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 9:01 AM

Jessica Biel, Jason Bateman, and Josh Gad publicly declared their support for Matt Damon's Toilet Strike in a PSA, released today. In doing so, they announced their protest of the global water crisis and pledged "...not to go to the bathroom until everyone in the whole world has access to...

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Democratizing Philanthropy

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 6:15 PM

Gaming and charity have a long-time relationship. From church run-Bingo to celebrity poker, people have long sought to leverage their social and leisure time for good. Advancements in technology have allowed us to kick this up a notch and create a whole new kind of social activism. Instead of taking...

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World Toilet Day November 19th

(5) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 3:39 PM

How much do you know about the water and sanitation crisis? Take a short quiz with Matt Damon, co-founder of, to find out.

The number of kids dying from water-related diseases has decreased from four children a second to three children over the past three years. Yet diarrhea is still the second leading cause of death for children under the age of five worldwide. This is due, in large part, to the lack of one basic item: a toilet. On November 19th, World Toilet Day is observed, giving the world a chance to celebrate one invention that has saved countless lives and raise awareness for the nearly 2.5 billion people who still lack access to improved sanitation. For the week of World Toilet Day, we ask you to donate your voice at to raise awareness about this immense and solvable...
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Is Water the World's Next Global Security Threat?

(26) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 4:54 PM

This was the question posed last weekend at the 2012, Aspen Ideas Festival. I was pleased to see the topic discussed in earnest, not just on day five, but throughout the week. I say this because I find the topic of ensuring access to safe water and sanitation...

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Mothers Who Will Change the World

(92) Comments | Posted May 12, 2012 | 10:52 AM

Mother's Day is a day to celebrate our mothers. It's for brunches, flowers, and time spent with your beloved mom. But for millions of mothers around the world, it's a day they'll lose to one of the world's most preventable causes of death -- waterborne disease.

Mother's Day is...

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World Water Day: Your Voice Matters (Maybe More Than Money) - Donate THAT

(117) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 8:47 AM

Imagine that when you woke up today, before logging online to check email or read this post you had to walk a mile or more, wait in line with as many buckets as you could carry, fill them with whatever water you can find, and haul the 50 pounds or...

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(2) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 1:00 AM

Banu and Komsie live on different continents, yet they share a daily struggle. Every morning, they collect water for their respective families. They don't turn on the faucet in their kitchen. Komsie walks for two hours to a dry riverbed, waits in line for two more hours and then starts...

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In Honor of World Toilet Day, "Let's Talk Sh*t"

(38) Comments | Posted November 19, 2011 | 7:00 AM

The global community faces so many seemingly intractable problems. Terrorism. The European financial crisis. Global warming. The list goes on. While we deploy the best and brightest, as well as trillions of dollars on these crises, we often disagree on the solutions -- and even on...

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Safe Water and a Toilet -- Is That Too Much to Ask... for 2.5 Billion People?

(632) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 2:00 PM

By the time you finish reading this paragraph, one more child will have died from something that's been preventable for over a century. Nearly 40 percent of the world's population is still unable to secure a safe glass of water or access a basic toilet. While we continue to rally...

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