Blue Access was founded in 2019 to generate new methodologies to address the intricate links between structural inequality–economic, racial, and gender-based– and access to safe water. We searched for new investment frameworks influenced by collaboration and dialogues with communities at the local and global level. Through this search, we discovered broken connections between how investors, philanthropists, and policymakers engage communities to allocate capital and measure the success of their investments. We identified barriers dividing asset owners and those experiencing water challenges because of the lack of financing that flows into water economies. Blue Access grew in response to these barriers.
To break down divisions among those stakeholders, we are creating new investment strategies to allocate capital based on local water challenges and the economic disparities underpinning those challenges. Through collaboration with communities, Blue Access works to develop investment strategies, advance innovative technology, and facilitate research, all fundamentally driven by the people living at the center of water crises. In placing community water-related needs at the core of how capital is invested and long-term value is measured, our method is rooted in evolution and dialogue to find lasting solutions that are informed by community needs.