Access to Clean Water: Business Solutions

Executive Director for the International Foundation for Civil Society, Bahman Baktiari, discusses how businesses and business models are attempting to help with the global water crisis.

A combination of droughts and urbanization is creating a global water crisis, where many citizens do npt have access to clean, potable water. Often, the grassroots solution of building wells is not enough, and a more in depth, long-term approach is needed.

Businesses are beginning to take note, and are using entrepreneurial techniques to work towards solutions. Coca-Cola dedicated $6 million to programs that will provide access to clean water for over 2 million Africans by 2015. PepsiCo has developed a branch titled PepsiCorps, which offers technical assistance, site management, and quality assurance for water infrastructure in small communities.

The Safe Water Network has partnered with Merck in Andhra Pradesh, India, to develop facilities for the distribution of clean water and to spread awareness of this source. By using business models for logistics and operations, the Safe Water Network has been able to improve access to clean water for multiple small communities across the globe, including in Ghana, Kenya, and India.

About the Author: Bahman Baktiari has extensive experience in international affairs, previously serving as the Director of the Middle East Center at the University of Utah, and maintaining a current membership with the United States Institute for Peace Working Group in Iran.

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About bahmanbaktiari

Bahman Bakhtiari is widely considered an authority on the political and social realities within Iran. He has conducted thorough and extensive research into the subject and shared his expertise through numerous avenues. He has authored a multitude of book chapters and articles, given frequent lectures and presentations in academic and professional settings, and penned several conference papers. Mr. Bakhtiari has also appeared on major news programs such as National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation, Morning Edition, and All Things Considered; CNN; PBS’s Jim Lehrer News Hour; Christian Science Monitor Radio; and ABC News. Bahman Bakhtiari has been quoted in print media such as USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the Orlando Sentinel, and Congressional Quarterly Research. Bahman Bakhtiari earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Denver in 1979. Mr. Bakhtiari graduated with a double major in Philosophy and Political Science before relocating to Charlottesville, Virginia, where he enrolled in the University of Virginia for graduate studies. He earned a Master of Arts in Foreign Affairs in 1981 and remained at the institution to obtain a Doctorate in Government. After his education, Bahman Bakhtiari lectured at numerous conferences and colleges, including the United States Department of State, National Defense University, and Texas A&M University. He currently is the Executive Director for the International Foundation for Civil Society: The Middle East & North Africa. Bahman Bakhtiari also holds membership in the United States Institute for Peace Working Group on Iran. He continues to broaden his comprehension on his area of expertise.

Posted on December 16, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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