Young Water Fellowship: Empowering the next generation of water entrepreneurs
Young Water Solutions
Non-governmental organization (NGO)
The Young Water Fellowship (YWF) empowers since 2017 local young people in low and middle income countries to validate, launch and scale social businesses that address WASH issues in their communities, by offering technical and financial support through training, coaching, seed funding, and the expansion of their supporting networks. The YWF works in the entire ''WASH entrepreneurial pipeline'': The YWF Hackathons provide young people the tools to come up with innovative WASH business ideas; the YWF Incubation provides business training for the creation and validation of their business models, coaching and funding for prototypes and pilot projects; and the YWF Springboard provides operating youth-led WASH businesses the tools to strengthen their models and improve their financial management, marketing and impact measurement strategies.
Young Water Solutions leads the YWF implementation, engaging local incubators that can build their capacities in water entrepreneurship through the co-delivery of the programmes.
In the first 5 years of implementation of the YWF, Young Water Solutions supported more than 100 start-ups with an impact in more than 1.2 million people who improved their access to WASH through their products and services. From air-to-water technologies that provide drinking water in water scarce areas in Kenya, to SODIS-based water filters for rainharvesting systems in Brazil, to reusable pads-making in Uganda, to bricks for toilets made with recycled plastic collected from beaches in Ivory Coast and Tanzania: the range of technologies implemented by ''Young Water Fellows'' is broad, and so are the benefits for local communities.
In the next 7 years we expect to duplicate this impact by building capacities and giving the resources to 200 youth-led start-ups to create and scale sustainable businesses that address not only SDG 6 and 14-related challenges, but also create employment and work from a gender approach.
Institutional implementing partners:
Impact Hub CDMX
Direct beneficiaries: Local young entrepreneurs 18-35 years old willing to create WASH social businesses
SDGS & Targets
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
Proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services
By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations
Proportion of population using (a) safely managed sanitation services and (b) a hand-washing facility with soap and water
By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
Proportion of domestic and industrial wastewater flows safely treated
Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality
Change in water-use efficiency over time
Level of water stress: freshwater withdrawal as a proportion of available freshwater resources
By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate
Degree of integrated water resources management
Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation
Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time
Amount of water- and sanitation-related official development assistance that is part of a government-coordinated spending plan
Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management
Proportion of local administrative units with established and operational policies and procedures for participation of local communities in water and sanitation management
SDG 14 targets covered
Deliverables & Timeline
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- Latin America and the Caribbean
- West Asia
Indirect beneficiaries: People improving their access to WASH through the products and services of the youth-led start ups