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Access to Safe Water for the Bottom of Pyramid: Strategies for Disseminating Technology Research Benefits

Technology Packaging Study
rapport Jul 2012 ; 30 pages
Ed. FCDO - London TARA - New Delhi
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During phase I of the initiative, a study was undertaken on the potential of Nanotechnology to provide safe drinking water to the BoP populations at low cost. The study brought out that there is research evidence for various Nano materials which can effectively remove bacteria, viruses, protozoa, pesticides, heavy metals, inorganic contaminants etc. This technology has the potential to make the cost effective filters to reach the masses as very small amounts of material is required, However, in spite of the potential the technology has, it has not captured the mind or market among consumers. The widespread roll out of these solutions especially to the BoP is impeded by a few barriers. Key among them is the lack of awareness among the target group; first, on the status of their water resources and its health impacts, and second on effective ways to address this issue. Nonetheless, the study also found that nanotechnology research benefits can reach the BoP, through innovative and appropriate delivery models.
The study highlighted that there are (Nano) technologies that can effectively purify water and there is a large population in need of these technologies. However, there is a disconnect between the two. Thus, the need of the hour is to make an attempt to bridge this gap and provide with safe access water.

Mots clefs:

recherche scientifique (CI) (DT) (OP) , technologie (CI) (DT) (OP) , valorisation (CI) (DT) (OP) , vulgarisation (CI) (DT) (OP)


FCDO - Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office - London - Royaume Uni

TARA - Society for Technology and Action for Rural Advancement - New Delhi - Inde

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