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Bringing Water
Social Enterprise Seeks to Provide Integrated Global Water Solution

Burns & Hammond developed a feasibility study and potential strategic implementation plan for Bringing Water that entailed an integrative approach addressing environmental, social and economic impacts
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BRINGING WATER:
Social Enterprise Seeks to Provide Integrated Global Water Solution
Client: Global Partners Investments Ltd.

Industry: Bulk Water Distribution

Contract Period: May 2011 – December 2011
Services Provided:
International strategic sustainability assessment and social, environmental and economic feasibility study.
Background
Global Partners Investments LTD (GPI), through Global Partners Water LLC (GPLLC), had secured a significant global water distribution rights contract with Iceland. The business plan was structured as an integrated commercial and philanthropic operations model, called Bringing Water, with Haiti as a potential launch market. GPLLC required a feasibility study that carefully evaluated needs and provided a comprehensive risk/benefit analysis.

Given Haiti’s long history of unsuccessful “imported solutions,” there was a critical need for a deep cultural sensitivity to inform the strategy, which was further complicated by complex logistical issues including an unstable political environment and hundreds of thousands of displaced citizens.
Approach
Burns & Hammond developed a feasibility study and potential strategic implementation plan for Bringing Water that entailed an integrative approach addressing environmental, social and economic impacts. A distribution strategy was also developed that would not compete nor threaten the sustainable reconstruction efforts taking place, following the 2010 earthquake.

An extensive assessment was conducted to determine value and impacts, along with the feasibility of the country’s readiness to serve as a test market. We utilized stakeholder engagement, across multiple government, citizen, business and NGO sectors with many of these relationships developed from another Burns & Hammond project – Haiti Onward – to inform and guide the process.

Feedback loops and data collection coupled with our sustainable community economic development and corporate social responsibility expertise. Our in-country experience and relationships provided an extensive framework to accurately assess client risks and opportunities. Cultural and economic anthropology factors served as an underpinning to the overall approach.
Outcomes
A sustainability assessment report provided GPLLC with a qualified and realistic depiction of the humanity needs (compelling) and operational conditions (daunting), under which the project would be conducted. Key data from the HaitiOnward network served as the basis for a final determination that launching Bringing Water in Haiti would be premature, given extensive complexities related to earthquake recovery efforts.

The conclusion, albeit difficult, served to protect GPLLC from a risky investment, while respecting the sovereign rights and needs of the Haitian community.
Services Summary
dot Designed, developed feasibility framework incorporating a cultural sensitivity, as well as environmental, economic and social implications.

dot Conducted in depth interviews with international organizations and NGOs including UNESCO, UNICEF, US Office of Disaster Assistance, Haitian League, Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, etc.

dot Submitted findings and reports outlining risks, opportunities, impacts and potential partners/collaborators.


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