Bassmati at Glance
Bassmati Climate and WASH Innovation Community is a creative initiative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), and the Hashemite University (HU), comes in response to major challenges faced in the country in the fields of water, sanitation, hygiene and climate change in a collaborative atmosphere.
Why Bassmati Innovation Community
Jordan is one of the most water scarce countries in the world and the country is facing chronic challenges to provide sustainable access to clean water and sanitation services to its population. UNICEF supports the Ministry of Water and Irrigation and partners in the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector at three different levels – leading the emergency coordination of the WASH sector, ensuring access to safe water and sanitation facilities and services in refugee camps and in host communities, and strengthen the Government’s capacity to prioritize, plan, implement and monitor water and sanitation projects.
In host communities, despite the high accessibility levels, water leakage rates from the water network results in huge losses (up to 60 per cent in some areas) and inefficient operation modalities. To address this, UNICEF is supporting the Government in rehabilitating existing water infrastructure at vulnerable communities.
Increased urbanization has been pressurizing the country’s water and sanitation infrastructure and thus creating roadblocks in improving service levels. Critical issues that hinder service delivery are a lack of capacity to address increasing demand, innovative and sustainable solutions, evidenced based knowledge, and public private partnerships. The rapid growth pace of urbanization at an annual growth rate of 2.8% further compounds the sustainability of water and sanitation services are with an even more intense impact expectations over the future.
A message from UNICEF:
Climate change will act as a threat multiplier aggravating already existing water problems by decreasing water availability and putting further pressure on groundwater aquifers where recharge rates have already been exceeded. The combined effects of climate change and population growth (including migration) is anticipated to put more pressure on limited land and water resources and to increase the challenge of sustainable development in Jordan.
To overcome the conventional climate change impact and WASH infrastructure and services issues, more support from innovative technology and business solutions is needed. Technologies that can unlock the constraints of space, water resources and energy requirements; business solutions that overcome issues of inadequate cost recovery and bring better quality and efficiency. However, innovations to sustain and fructify would require collaborative support from all stakeholders – government, private sector, academia, community, and innovators.
Therefore, and to promote emerging technological and knowledge based innovative ideas from researchers, students, professionals and community members that seek support to nurturing their ideas beyond the traditional procedures of project proposals and educational research, those ideas that are implementable and of value to vulnerable communities. Such entrepreneurial ideas must be fostered and developed in a supportive environment before they become attractive to application. Hence, the need arises for incubation centres: to promote and support untapped creativity of individual innovators and to assist them to become entrepreneurs at the fields of water, sanitation, hygiene and climate change.
On the other hand, the youth unemployment rate in Jordan has risen to almost 40 percent, despite having a high number of university graduates. Unable to find work in their chosen fields, many young Jordanians are starting careers they never expected. Therefore, it is fundamental for youth and entrepreneurs to get access to quality support services and access to finance within the ecosystem to be able to journey from ‘idea to scale to impact’. Thus, decreasing the demand on the already limited governmental jobs towards self-reliance, sustainable and private-sector oriented ecosystem while bring new technologies and solutions to the market.
Bassmati Climate and WASH Innovation Community is a collaborative initiative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), and the Hashemite University (HU). It aims to establish a network of innovation hubs to improve the performance of the Climate and urban WASH programs within a collaborative framework. It works through ideation, incubation and acceleration of innovative, scalable, community and market-based solutions using technologies, programs and service delivery models under the Bassmati Innovation Hubs are established. These innovation hubs will work closely with the communities, youth, researches, faculty members, businesses and counter-parts to identify national and regional Climate and WASH issues and address them by contextualising, testing and scaling effective, affordable and sustainable innovations, sourced at the national and international level.
HUBS FOR INNOVATIVE BUSINESSES
Whether you want to scale-up your innovative ideas, create a new product or improve an existing one, disrupt a prevailing business model to affect change, or fast-forward your business processes – Bassmati Innovation Community can help you access leading expertise, R&D and facilities to progress further and faster.