Thursday, October 25, 2012

Technology development of a low-cost chlorine doser for shared water points in urban Bangladesh

Request for Expressions Of Interest

Technology development of a low-cost chlorine doser for shared water points in urban Bangladesh

Stanford University and the International Center for Diarrheal Diseases Research, Bangladesh have partnered to develop a sustainable and cost-effective solution to improving water quality in low-income areas of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The research team has developed a low-cost prototype that doses liquid chlorine and does not rely on electricity or moving parts. The device aims to provide an appropriate dose of chlorine proportional to the flow through manual handpumps and pipes carrying drinking water. The current design employs handpump suction to trigger chlorine dosing. The project is currently seeking a technical design or engineering consulting expert or firm to improve upon the prototype, by increasing dosing accuracy, lowering manufacturing costs, increasing product lifespan, and contributing to strategies for production and scale up. The project may require travel to Dhaka to understand the current state of the technology, local flow and pressure conditions, and other environmental and social factors that would affect device?s design. The main objective will be to develop a product that can accurately and consistently dose liquid chlorine within a safe and effective range at shared water points in Dhaka with a production cost below $20USD.

Interested parties should submit a cover letter including a summary of relevant qualifications, as well as send CVs of the proposed project team. Ideal applicants would have experience with technology development for low-income settings, international work experience, engineering and product design skills, understanding of design for future scale-up, and be familiar with fluid dynamics. Letters of interest should be emailed to no later than Nov. 5th, 2012 to and Additional information regarding the current prototype and proposal guidelines will be made available to selected applicants.  

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Nov. 12 deadline for STARS Foundation Impact Awards

November 12 is coming up fast! I am reposting this per the request of the STARS Foundation. Please do consider applying.



Applications are now open for the 2013 STARS Impact Awards.

We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2013 STARS Impact Awards recognising outstanding organisations
that achieve excellence in the provision of services to disadvantaged children.

Organisations working with children in Africa, the Middle East, Asia or Pacific are invited to apply.

There are 16 Awards in total that will be split across two regions - Africa-Middle East and Asia-Pacific. In addition to our existing categories of Health, Education and Protection, we are very pleased to announce the launch of our new category Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).

The main Impact Award will be given to four winners per region (one in each category) that will each receive $100,000 of unrestricted funding together with a bespoke package of consultancy, PR and media support. Each organisation will also benefit from the opportunity to work together with STARS for up to one year to promote their plans to other donors and seek to raise additional funding.

In addition to these main Impact Awards, smaller Awards of different sizes will be made at the discretion of STARS’ Board of Trustees.

To find information regarding the application process, the eligibility criteria and to apply online, please visit

The closing date for applications is 1pm GMT Monday 12 November 2012.

Please spread the word to eligible organisations by forwarding this email.