We are a partner in the global Uptime Consortium, working to deliver drinking water services to millions of rural people, and contribute to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6.1 – clean water and sanitation for all.
Maintenance by service providers across Africa ensures water infrastructure continues to function even in remote and rural areas. Working with five organisations that serve over a million people, we found that users pay some, but not all, of the costs. Uptime provides a results-based funding mechanism for these services, giving grants to providers to cover the remaining costs.
The Uptime Catalyst Facility tracks the number of water points that work reliably, the volume of water delivered, and the amount of local revenue generated. These metrics are used to calculate grant payments for the service providers. The aim is to provide resilient services for 100 million people by 2030.