I just received 3rd prize in the Emerging Scholars Award for an article, “Outlining a transition from cost-effective to productive rural water service improvements” Thank you Lord!
The main point I make is that charity, because it seeks to maximize its impact by minimizing costs, misses the huge potential in water for community growth.
I point to the case of boreholes and handpumps. They are everywhere in Africa – mostly because they are the cheapest available means of securing clean water. But for a not so unreasonable additional cost, every borehole in Africa could be pumping water for high income activities, especially small-scale irrigation, and paying for itself as well as supporting permanent gains in poverty reduction.