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Bear Valley Ventures, a grantee of USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) program, is investigating how to radically improve hand hygiene habits in India, through product innovation. Bear Valley and partners created Clean Hands Inc (CHI) to develop new products for the urban poor that can be used by households with substandard or no sanitation and constrained access to water.
How donor grants may unlock billions of investment dollars for impact enterprise. In 2010, JP Morgan released a figure that shocked the investment industry: the group estimated that the potential capital market for impact investing—putting dollars into enterprises that would deliver positive social impact—was between $400 billion and $1 trillion. Buoyed by the success of [...]
WASH for Life: Testing Promising Solutions and Scaling Proven Successes in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Dr. Maura O’Neill is the Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Counselor to the Administrator at USAID. In 2008, the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire brought the issue of unsafe sanitation to the silver screen. Audiences cringed as young Jamal is forced to jump into the open pit of feces in which he was previously seen relieving [...]
With 2011 on the horizon, USAID looks at back at its accomplishments in 2010. Among them: Supported the game-changing CAPRISA study, which in July provided the first ever proof of concept that a vaginal microbicide could safely and effectively reduce the risk of heterosexual transmission of HIV from men to vulnerable women. Science Magazine recently [...]
Submitted by Dr. Rushna Ravji When people hear that I am a medical doctor and that I work for USAID, they often say that my heart is in the right place. I correct them: actually, my heart is in three places—America first, as I am now an American, but also India and Pakistan, where I [...]