Many consider ongoing change as fundamental for economic success, but what happens when innovation is hard to envision, let alone implement? And what if innovation needs to overcome deeply rooted social and economic divides?
Whether it be rope pumps or rainwater harvesting systems or sand dams, technological solutions must be paired with education and investment by local community members in order for projects to be sustainable.
In Mozambique, diarrhea is one of the leading causes of child deaths and 44% of children under five are undernourished. Increased investment in providing access to safe water and improved sanitation dramatically impacts child survival.
Unfortunately, 783 million people -- 11 percent of the global population -- still have no access to clean water. For context, that is more than two and a half times the population of the United States.
More people in the world now have a mobile phone than have a toilet. As we celebrate International Women's Day on March eighth, let's not forget that girls and women suffer the most from lack of sanitation.