The Phase 1 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.
A technology packaging study was undertaken to understand the supply chain and the life cycle of the products in different domains so that the findings can be incorporated in the final pilot roll out and try to look into various aspects like product design, standards and practices for quality assurance, awareness, safety aspects from the point of view of each stakeholder.
The first chapter introduces the initiative and lays the context for the study. The second chapter maps short listed nano based technologies both at the research and market stages. The pilot will take forward some of these technologies. Chapter 3 traces the life cycle of a water filter right from the research stage upto disposal. It also highlights key issues that need to be considered while planning an intervention. Chapter 4 further expounds on innovations undertaken by various stakeholders to enable access to the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP). The last chapter throws up pointers for the stakeholders to improve access.
Society for Technology and Action for Rural Advancement (TARA). Access to Safe Water for the Bottom of Pyramid: Strategies for Disseminating Technology ResearchBenefits. Technology Packaging Study. Society for Technology and Action for Rural Advancement (TARA), New Delhi, India (2012) 28 pp.