GRAMEEN VEOLIA PARTNERING TO INVENT NEW WAYS FOR DRINKING WATER IN BANGLADESH

Grameen Veolia works in partnership with some of the world’s leading companies and academic institutions to invent a new economic model to bring drinking water to rural Bangladesh.

 

GRAMEEN HEALTH CARE SERVICES LTD.
Grameen Healthcare Services Ltd.(GHS), a social business initiative, is working to address health related problems of Bangladesh especially to the poor. At present GHS operating two eye hospitals, a surface water treatment plant and a nursing college.
www.grameenhealthcareservices.org

VEOLIA
With 174,000 employees on the 5 continents, Veolia provides delegated management of water and wastewater services for municipal and industrial clients. It also designs the technological solutions and builds the facilities required for these services.
www.veolia.com



PROJECT PARTNERS

IIES – Sustainable Enterprise Team
IIES (Institute for Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship) is an academic center of ESSEC, one of the French leading Business Schools. Created in 2010, in the wake of the ESSEC’s Chair of Social Entrepreneurship, the institute is running research, teaching and innovation experimentation activities in 4 main fields: Social Entrepreneurship, Philanthropy, Equal opportunities in Education and Sustainable Enterprise.
IIES & GVW:
Working in the field of transition towards sustainability, the Sustainable Enterprise team has launched a research program called “Base of the Pyramid / Social Business practices, theories and strategies as means of corporate innovation for transition towards sustainability”. Within this program, the team is adopting a pluridisciplinary approach and is conducting works on innovative viable business models, market creation and evaluation process, in a perspective of access to essential services and products for the poor in areas of vulnerability.
http://iies.essec.edu

YUNUS CENTRE
The Yunus Centre works towards building a poverty free world. It keeps the spirit of the global social business movement very high through various events, social media, publications, and websites. The Yunus Centre also helps forge lasting, productive relationships among all social business institutions around the world. The Centre is chaired by Professor Muhammad Yunus.The Yunus Centre works towards building a poverty free world. It keeps the spirit of the global social business movement very high through various events, social media, publications, and websites. The Yunus Centre also helps forge lasting, productive relationships among all social business institutions around the world. The Centre is chaired by Professor Muhammad Yunus.
www.muhammadyunus.org

THÉRÈSE BLANCHET AND DRISHTI RESERACH CENTER
DRISHTI RESEARCH CENTER is an anthropologist center, based in Dhaka and managed by Thérèse Blanchet. Her 34 years of experience in Bangladesh have taught her to place listening at the heart of what she does. Thérèse and her team studied the motivations behind water consumption trends in the Goalmari region for Grameen Veolia Water.
What she does:
Thérèse and her specialised team of anthropologists, the Drishti Research Center conducted an on-site study. The team’s job was to provide insight into local residents’ perceptions of relevant health issues, relations between communities, the social hierarchy, the role of women and the influence of these different social mechanisms on usage patterns.

ICDDR, B
ICDDR, B is an international health research organisation based in Bangladesh, which in partnership with Grameen Veolia Water analysed the effects of drinking water contaminated with arsenic. ICDDR, B first analysed the levels of arsenic present in drinking water and poisoning levels among local residents, then compared this with arsenic contamination levels in people’s bodies after they began consuming safe drinking water.
www.icddrb.org

Schneider Electrics – Access to Energy
By developing inclusive business models with efficient solar solutions, Schneider Electric contributes to poverty alleviation and environmental protection in an innovative and economically sustainable way. Grameen Veolia is partnering with Schneider Electrics in Bangladesh to develop synergies between access to safe drinking water and to energy.



PROJECT SUPPORTERS

InFocus
InFocus is an NGO that produces promotional films for innovative social projects carried out by NGOs and social entrepreneurs.
www.in-focus.social

(IM)PROVE
(IM)PROVE is an organisation that promotes innovative economic and social models, and develops indicators to measure performance.
www.im-prove.fr

 

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