Ned Breslin

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Ned Breslin is the CEO of Water For People, a water and sanitation nonprofit that tests unique implementation models in 11 countries around the world and challenges sector norms based on sound field experiences. Breslin started working in water supply and sanitation in northern Kenya in 1987, and subsequently worked on water and sanitation development in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. He returned to the U.S. with his wife and daughters as the director of international programs at Water For People and became CEO in 2008.
  • Speaker PopTech 2010
  • Lab participant PopTech Climate Resilience Lab
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Ask harder questions...and freeze your jeans

Ask harder questions...and freeze your jeans

Every day is World Water Day for some in our network. This weekend we connected with Ned Breslin from Water for People and Sameer Kalwani, former CTO at Sarvajal, to talk about what each of us can do to make a difference. The result? Three very different ways to help.Read more »

In PopTech's Edition III, measuring real impact

In PopTech's Edition III, measuring real impact

PopTech’s Edition III is now available online. This Edition explores the latest techniques to accurately measure the real impact of innovations designed to do social good.

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This week in PopTech: Musicals, awards and the democratizing of art

This week in PopTech: Musicals, awards and the democratizing of art

There’s always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week’s highlights follows.

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Interview: Ned Breslin on World Water Day and long-term water solutions

To celebrate World Water Day, PopTech caught up with Water For People CEO and PopTech speaker Ned Breslin, who was awarded the 2011 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship by the Skoll Foundation this past week.

Water For People (WFP) helps people in developing countries improve quality of life by supporting the development of locally sustainable,

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Ned Breslin Rethinks Water Aid

Ned Breslin Rethinks Water Aid

Ned Breslin, CEO of Water for People, is a self-professed critic of most water and sanitation interventions worldwide — and has set out to challenge longheld assumptions about the role of foreign aid in these projects.

He doesn’t doubt their initial good intentions, but laments the enormous disconnect between these intentions and long-term change. Drilling a water

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This Week in PopTech: Sustainable Development, Aquaponics and Speaking Human

There’s always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week’s highlights follows.Read more »

Learning from the Water Crisis of Our Making

Learning from the Water Crisis of Our Making

The world is facing a water and sanitation crisis, but not the one you think. True, nearly 900 million people lack clean water and 2.5 billion lack a safe toilet, but perhaps the greater tragedy is that decades of efforts by philanthropists and NGOs have been pursued in such a short-sighted way that today many of the poorest regions of the world are littered with broken hand pumps and failed

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