From 2004 to 2020, first Swiss Re and then the Swiss Re Foundation supported the ReSource Award to foster entrepreneurial thinking in managing water sustainably in low- and middle-income countries. The programme was designed both to recognise past success and to help start-ups develop and scale up promising approaches.
Each year an international jury selected the award finalists. In addition to two-thirds of the total prize money of USD 150 000, the ultimate winner enjoyed three years of coaching support from subject matter experts.
To sharpen our focus areas and increase our impact, in 2020 we phased out water as a focus area and with it the ReSource Award. The essential learnings from this long-standing programme is captured in the "17 years of ReSource Award" brochure.
Fresh water supply for Indonesian fishing communities
Tinamitra Mandiri produces drinking water and ice blocks from sea water for Indonesian fishing communities by using solar powered systems.
Winner 2017: Producing more food with less water
We're enabling smallholder farmers to supply high-quality fish to local premium markets, by supporting Clearwater Farms.
Winner 2016: Improving lives one pump at a time
By supporting MSABI, we intend to further validate and scale a subscription based system for water point maintenance in Tanzania.
Winner 2013: Sustainable agricultural and husbandry
By supporting WWF in Madagascar, we supported the implementation of the first local watershed management in the Mahafaly region.
Winner 2011: Integrating economic mechanisms for boosting carbon storage in Central Asia
By supporting CAREC, two economic mechanisms for boosting carbon storage and supplementing incomes were implemented in the Chon-Aksuu watershed.
Winner 2010: Improved livelihoods in the Santa Cruz Valleys
With the support of Swiss Re Foundation, Natura Bolivia improved livelihoods in the Santa Cruz Valleys.
Winner 2009: Sustainable management of degraded watersheds in Afghanistan
Helvetas aimed to improve livelihoods of the poor rural population in the Kahmard district by reducing the risk of flood damage and increasing long-term land productivity.
Winner 2008: Participatory community watershed management in China
By supporting TMI, we helped to ensure clean and safe water supply supply for Shangri-la Town in China.
Winner 2004: Clean water through eco-sanitation in China
By supporting the Yunnan Environmental Development Institute, eco-sanitation could be implemented in the Xian Rendong village, China.
Winner 2003: Introducing regulatory reforms in the A’Vuong watershed
By supporting WWF Indochina, we helped to develop a comprehensive framework for the management of freshwater in Central Vietnam.