Sustainable Development Goals
sWASH & grow brings major global buyers, support functions from across the innovation system, innovation companies, and research together in a partnership aligned with Agenda 2030. The project focuses on SDG 6 and 9 on clean water and sanitation and will have an impact on SDGs 2, 3, 7, 12 and 13 on zero hunger, health, energy, production, and climate.
sWASH & grow will contribute to improving the conditions for circular and long-term sustainable off-grid solutions to successfully reach out to markets in the most inaccessible places through an inclusive approach; while also creating the means to empower vulnerable populations to build resilience. The results of the project have effects on a number of Global Sustainability Goals by giving innovators and buyers better decision support tools for developing and implementing innovative sustainable, circular and inclusive solutions for those in need.
The project’s results will include:
- Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool for decision support.
- A university course module.
- Publication outlining success factors and regulatory conditions for uptake of off-grid solutions.
- Methods and platforms for validation, upscaling and export.
- Further development of Swedish innovative water and sanitation solutions.
The project is implemented in collaboration with experts and customers from the public, private, academic and NGO sectors. It is divided into six work packages which include investigating and mapping success factors for off-grid solutions; developing tools for testing; validation and market introduction; developing Swedish innovative water and sanitation solutions and developing methods and platforms for upscaling and exports. All results are based on case studies in test and demo beds in Sweden, Bolivia, Lebanon, South Africa and Rwanda.
sWASH & grow has received co-funding (40%) from Vinnova Challenge-Driven Innovation Program (Utmaningsdriven Innovation – steg 3) and 60% co-finance from the 28 project partners.
Aid programs should support private-public-research collaboration to finance scaling of innovative products and services needed to achieve the Global Goals.
Join us to discuss innovations that will facilitate more circular solutions in the WASH sector to meet global demands.
Off-grid solutions that are less reliant on century-old networks and grids and foster resilience are taking shape in development and humanitarian contexts.
This event will focus on how the private sector can work closer with development and humanitarian operations in Sweden to accelerate progress towards the SDGs.
This SEI report outlines issues that stakeholders in water, sanitation and energy services believe are holding back uptake of promising gridless technologies.
Below is a list of outputs in the project.
Success factors for off-grid solutions
Cutting through the aid reporting chaos: Recommendations for better procurement and reporting for WASH and beyond
Perceived unknowns about gridless water, sanitation and energy services
Report informing on success factors for off-grid solutions for water and sanitation in humanitarian crises (internal)
Report reviewing and categorizing challenges and corresponding needs from solution-providers (internal)
Publication on success factors for off-grid solutions (forthcoming)
Development tool for testing and commercialization of innovations
An innovative AI based software for match-making products and services
Product development in demo-sites
TreeWell nature-based solution for wastewater »
Pure Bio Synergy product development »
SaniC hygienization of feacal sludge (in Spanish) » (English summary)
Millennium Desalination Device »
IoT platform for management and operations of decentralized systems »
The export and scaling concept – “Ecobarge” »
Scaling, business development and export
Match-making activities led by WIN Water for: innovation, partnership, finance and extended export to humanitarian crises »
Healthcare as a leverage for implementing sustainable infrastructure in developing countries »
Match-making activity for innovation, partnership and finance led by ElectriCITY »
A presentation of the Swedish innovation ecosystem – from prototype to commercialization » (in Swedish)
Analysis of gaps and needs in the Swedish Incubators and Science Parks (SISP)’s scaling support system for internationalization »
East Africa – Sweden Business portal for circular infrastructure, energy system, financing and growth »
University course module of innovation design for humanitarian needs and international development cooperation »
Event recording of ECOBARGE matchmaking event on producing and storing sustainable water and energy»
Partnering to grow – The role of partnerships and collaborations in business model scalability and growth »
Research & Innovation
- RISE Research Institutes of Sweden – coordinating partner
- Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics (USBE)
- Malmö University
- LARI – Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute
- Water Research Commission of South Africa (WRC)
- Parlametric AB
- Carex of Sweden AB
- Pure Bio Synergy AB
- Advanced Aerobic Technology AB (A2T)
- Millennium Technology of Sweden AB
- Urban Tech Sweden by Teknikföretagens
- WeSOPS, South Africa
- Fifty Eight in the Cradle
- TEM at Lund University
- S-man solutions
- Cliza Municipality of Bolivia
- Team Leader: Water, Coasts and Ocean; Senior Research Fellow
- SEI Headquarters
- Communications Officer
- SEI Headquarters