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About the project Edit

The Peer Water Exchange (PWX) encourages increased water project funding and commits funders to encourage others to support this cause. PWX is the first truly participatory decision-making system in the development sector. It allows for large funds to be divided into small projects through peer review and without bureaucracy, while enforcing collaboration and cooperation. Funders can search for high quality water projects that have been pre-approved by experts. Everyone can receive updates on progress and long-term impact. PWX uses mapping and other social internet technologies to showcase the work of all partners, even historical projects. By allowing independent visitors to monitor projects, it allows global participation and increases the resources available for monitoring and evaluation at very low costs to show impact years after project completion.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

In addition to being the only scalable, map-driven, and completely transparent platform in the WASH sector, PWX is the only participatory decision-making system where empowered applicants weigh in on funding decisions. A transparent, efficient, and effective exchange, PWX combines people, process, and technology to help make a sustainable dent in the global water crises. PWX is the first social entrepreneurship project that requires changes at the entire value chain of philanthropy: from the foundation/donor to the grassroots implementer. PWX is a Web 2.0 application, conceived and created before the phrase "Web 2.0" was in use!

What is the social value of this project? Edit

PWX addresses the challenge of scale! By dividing up the work and increasing the number of expert resources at very low cost, PWX can manage thousands of small-scale projects for the long-term: from funding to impact. PWX helps competitors become collaborators; as they work together, learn, and share, we create the impact we desire.PWX AnalytiX - the first set of business intelligence tools in the water sector - enables effortless tracking of projects and investment portfolios.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Manthan Award South Asia 2009 , Award Winners, E-SCIENCE & ENVIRONMENT CATEGORY

Water scenario, particularly drinkable water, is worsening worldwide. There are many experiments being undertaken to make the best use of the water resources from what is left. Peer Water Exchange, based in Bangalore, India, has created web based multimedia exchange platform to share all possible information regarding water - organization doing projects, funding water related initiatives, and even monitoring. Interestingly, all the data on the exchange is generated by the users. If you want to work on water, use the platform to apply for fund and after you get it, put all the info for others to review. Do try!

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

In 2002 Blue Planet Run Foundation (now Blue Planet Network) was founded with the goal to bring safe drinking water to 200 million people by 2027. Drawing out a timeline revealed that the foundation would need to select, fund, and manage over 40,000 water projects. Realizing that current funding organizations had experienced this 'impossible task', BPN did not follow in their footsteps and create a program office and layers of bureaucracy. Instead, it created PWX to address the deficiencies of the current mechanisms, especially their inability to scale up. For six years, BPN has used PWX as its program arm to successfully select, fund, implement, and assess water projects around the world. PWX is open to serve the global water community and is being adopted by many organizations.

Rajesh conceived PWX in 2003 when given the task of overseeing the funding and managing of water projects for Blue Planet Run Foundation. Rajesh immediately saw the problem of scale: how to deliver thousands of small projects and verify their impact?
He designed PWX to solve the project selection, funding, and monitoring problem facing the foundation. Rajesh got Sapient to develop the first release and has been building on that foundation for five years: designing new features, continually enhancing the platform, developing the partner network, and coordinating all activity on PWX. Managing all of BPR's program activity means being a user of the system and process too.
In Bangalore, he has designed his home to be water efficient and energy efficient, trying to be self-sufficient for water and energy. He also is involved in designing, managing, deploying, and redesigning water, sewage, treatment, and water reuse projects in his community. The technology and the people issues are both challenging and fascinating for him.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

The Peer Water Exchange is recognized charity in India registered under section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961. We welcome donations in India, and donors will receive tax benefits for their contribution. The project has a highly respected German NGO partner: Andheri-Hilfe. PWX is the first social entrepreneurship project that requires changes across the philanthropic value chain: from the funding (foundations and donors) to the grantee (implementers) end.

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