The Howard G. Buffett Global Water Initiative recognizes the importance of having access to clean water, especially in areas where this is a life changing phenomenon. The Global Water Initiative has, since 2007, taken it upon itself to keep in check water quality, and availability, and make sure it is used without any wastage. They claim their principles to be based on three main facets: recover water quality, sustaining or encouraging agricultural lifestyle, and giving power to farmers, especially women, to keep the economy and agriculture going. In places that are struck by poverty, the Global Water Initiative’s three-fold principles help three different parts of the infrastructure.

First, the GWI helps at an individual level. Maintaining water quality will give individuals safe water, clean of any deadly diseases or pathogens. A good and stable water supply would also keep away dehydration and other potentially deadly side effects of lack of access to water. Additionally, using water to invigorate the agriculture, if successful, would address issues of malnuitrituion and hunger as well. Locally grown goods can help locally starving people, thus dealing with yet another issues that normally plagues the extremely poor. From an individual level, the GWI would help on a more community-based level as well.

Second, something as simple as access to the water can also improve something as big and far reaching as the economy. For farmers, access to clean water, and education about how to optimize the limited water they have access to, would result in a strengthened economy. This economy would in turn help the people: more jobs would lead to more employment, more money for the families, better educated children, etc.

Finally, the GWI would greatly help poorer and developing nations in the long term. It would not only set up an economy for the future, but also help break the cycle of poverty that is prevalent in a lot of developing nations because of lack of access to simple things such as food and water. The Global Water Initiative also hopes to empower women, which would attempt to undo any previous gender discrimination. It would bring women entrepreneurs and farmers the opportunities they need to take care of their families; opportunities that in another situation they might be denied because of their gender.

– Aalekhya Malladi

Sources: Howard G. Buffett Foundation,Care.org
Photo: World Water Week