Worldwide more than 1.8 billion people depend on unsafe drinking water while 4.1 billion lack access to adequate sanitation. This violates the human right to water and sanitation, and is a major impediment to the economic and social development of millions of households.
Furthermore, worldwide 1 billion people live in poor urban settlements with limited access to centralized water and sanitation services, and by 2050 an estimated 3 billion people will be living in the urban areas of the developing world. Public infrastructure services do not keep up with existing population growth, and service models to provide sustainable integrated solutions for water and sanitation challenges have thus far failed to reach sufficient scale.
As a response to this the World Business Council for Sustainable Development has articulated, as part of its Vision 2050 and Action 2020 pathways, the ambition to develop a cross-sector business partnership to scale up holistic solutions for access to water, sanitation, hygiene, waste management and reuse for low income urban communities.
Based on inclusive commercial business models and proven concepts, as opposed to purely charitable or philanthropic activities, the financially and operationally sustainable Community Hub concept will be delivered through cross sector business and public private partnerships, as well as all necessary engagement with communities, governments, and other stakeholders, in an effort to drive acceleration and demonstrate business leadership through coordinated action in addressing one of the most pressing socio-economic and human development issues of our times.
Watch the Community Hub video to learn more about this initiative (00:08:49)