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The Standard Bank Clean Water Proposal Writing Competition

The Standard Bank Clean Water Proposal Writing Competition

Clean water is a human right. But millions across Africa don’t have it. With your help, we can fix this! The lack of clean drinking water takes lives, suppresses Africa’s growth, and keeps kids out of school.

Do something. Don’t sit this one out. R250,000 in prizes! Apply your knowledge and make a difference. You have the idea, we can help you move it forward. Together we can make clean drinking water affordable and reliable to all Africans.

The Standard Bank Clean Water Proposal Writing Competition


How can you help? Consider these types of solutions for inspiration

(Please see the Technical Brief for details and examples of each type of solution):

  1. Education: How can we educate communities so they embrace clean water solutions?
  2. Groundwater: How can we give communities long-term access to groundwater?
  3. Sanitation: How can we improve access to clean water by improving sanitation?
  4. Purification: How can we provide people simple water treatment solutions?
  5. Filtration: How can we turn available water into drinkable water through filtration?
  6. Solar: How can we leverage the power of the sun to purify water?
  7. Other: Any other ways to address the main campaign topic?


The Standard Bank of South Africa


A total of R250,000 will be awarded to the most promising proposals


11 December, 2014


  • Using your preferred medium (text, design, animation, Powerpoint, short video), submit as many ideas as you can on how to bring clean water to communities in Africa with little to no access to clean water.
  • What’s the situation today? A lack of clean drinking water has had dire consequences for many Africans:
  • Lack of clean water affects 334 million people living in Sub-Saharan Africa (more than the population of the United States). (
  • 4 million people worldwide die each year from water-related disease. (
  • The World Heath Organization estimates that 320 million productive working days and 443 million school days are lost each year because of lack of clean water. (WHO)
  • Clean water and poor sanitation are inextricably connected; lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at a rate equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every four hours. (
  • Winning criteria:

#Feasibility: Is this idea technically feasible within a one-year time frame?

#Scalability: How easily could this idea be scaled to reach more people?

#Impact: How many people will this solution impact?

#Cost/Value: Is the idea low in cost relative to the impact it will make?

#Overall innovativeness: Does this idea exist or is it a completely new innovation?

  • The ideas text must be in English.
  • If the idea contains a visualization, it must be an electronic file no larger than 20 MB, in one of the following formats:

#Images: .jpg/.jpeg, .gif, .bmp, .png

#Microsoft Office: doc, docx ppt, pptx, pps, ppsx xls, xlsx, PDF: pdf, ps

#Open Office: odt, odp, sxw, sxi, etc.

#Text: txt, rtf

#Videos must be under 3 minutes and be uploaded to YouTube, with the YouTube link embedded in the Idea Entry.

  • Ideas may be submitted individually or by teams; teams are limited to a maximum of 8 members.
  • Get more details here.


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