Eleanor Allen

Water For People

Water For People exists to promote the development of high-quality drinking water and sanitation services, accessible to all, and sustained by strong communities, businesses, and governments.
Focus: Water and Sanitation; Infrastructure and Urban Development
Geographic Area of Impact: Bolivia, Honduras, Guatemala,
Nicaragua, Peru, Malawi, Uganda, Rwanda, India
Model: Leveraged Non-Profit
Number of Direct Beneficiaries: 1.5 million (2010 – 2015) + 365,034 (2016) with reliable access to safe drinking water
Annual Budget: USD 20,391,673 (2016)
Percentage Earned Revenue: 0%
The Social Problem
Today, 1.8 billion people around the world do not have access to safe water and 2.4 million lack access to adequate sanitation. Billions of dollars annually are poured into water and sanitation infrastructure with no provision for the quality or long-term sustainability of their services. Water For People’s Everyone Forever model provides a lasting solution to the global water and sanitation crisis.
Innovation and Activities
Everyone Forever means every family, clinic, and school has reliable water and sanitation services. To make this happen, Water for People works in close collaboration with national governments and local partners in nine countries, building capacity to create and sustain water and sanitation services. Water For People is working to directly support 4 million people globally to gain access to water and sanitation. That number will grow to 7 million by 2021. Through global partnerships that are scaling models like Everyone Forever, Water For People’s goal is to indirectly impact 80 million people with access to reliable water service by 2021. Everyone Forever is ambitious but simple in nature, adaptable to the assets and challenges of any country context. Everyone Forever is based on five key principles:
1. Everyone: Reliable water service for every family, clinic, and school.
2. Everyone pays: ?Water For People never fully funds projects in the districts where it works, but requires local governments and communities to invest as well.
3. Monitoring: Water For People commits to monitoring until water service is sustainable and monitored by the local service authority. Data is collected annually for accountability, transparency, and continuous program improvement.
4. Aid independence: Every community and district has strong institutions to meet their own water and sanitation needs without ongoing foreign aid.
5. Replication: Everyone Forever spreads to non-Water For People districts and countries, driven by advocacy and local demand.
Through the development of community drinking water systems, household sanitation, water resource management, hygiene education, and integrated programming for clinics and schools, Water For People works to advocate for improved services and to build the capacity of communities to manage their own water and sanitation systems. Water For People simultaneously works to cultivate local businesses to provide products and services necessary to sustain water and sanitation services. The ultimate goal of Everyone Forever is that these districts and communities will never again need to rely on an international water agency to address their water challenges. Everyone Forever also provides a model for greater replication, leading to a push for national full water coverage.
Water For People’s 2017 – 2021 Strategic Plan outlines the plan to increase alignment with Sustainable Development Goal 6 – sustainable water and sanitation for all. Water For People has three distinct strategies to do this: proof, global leadership, and scale:
Proof –7 Million People in 50 Districts: Deliver Everyone Forever results for water with government partners at the local level; begin to exit our existing 30 districts (4 million people) and add 20 new districts (3 million people)
Global Leadership – Collaboration for the SDGs: Increase the rate of progress to reach SDG6 and accelerate social change by sharing our learnings on the Everyone Forever model and collaborating with others to move faster
Scale – Over 80 Million People: Advise and influence national governments and leverage investments and partnerships to achieve Everyone Forever for water, district by district, while building out country-wide systems
The Entrepreneur
Eleanor Allen is a business executive with extensive experience in water and sanitation management, leading large global and regional operations in consulting, project management, business development, and engineering. She has a background in civil and environmental engineering in the water sector and has led water consultancies at Arcadis and CH2M.