Open-source Digital Directory of Water Sector Support Services
WATER SECTOR SUPPORT SERVICES DIRECTORY PORTAL
To access the Open-source Digital Directory of Water Sector Support Services, click on the button below.
1. About the Open-source Digital Directory of Water Sector Support Services
The GreenCape Sector Development Agency and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) have partnered together to develop an Open-source Digital Directory of Water Sector Support Services. This digital directory is a public resource and consists of information on services, programmes and opportunities available to South African entrepreneurs in the water and sanitation sector.
The open-source digital directory serves two purposes:
- It is a platform that Business Development Service (BDS) Providers (eg. business support consultants, trainers, financiers, etc.) can use as a free-opportunity to publish and advertise their suite of support services, programmes and opportunities available for South African water and sanitation sector entrepreneurs, and;
- It is a resource that water and sanitation sector entrepreneurs can use to access sector-relevant support services that can assist in leveraging opportunities for business growth and cross-cutting entry into commercial, industrial, residential, and municipal markets.
2. Open-source Digital Directory Details
GreenCape and FNF invite BDS providers to contribute to the open-source digital directory by submitting information on the following services and opportunities for South African entrepreneurs in the water and sanitation sector:
- General Business Support Services
- Research and Development Services
- Technology Demonstration and Piloting Services
- Ideation, Incubation and Acceleration Programmes
- Enterprise Development Programmes
- Business Development Training and Courses
- Funding and Investment
- Crowdfunding Platforms
- Matchmaking Services
- Marketplace Platforms
- Challenges and Awards
- Conferences and Events
3. Open-source Digital Directory Submission Process
The open-source digital directory is a free opportunity for BDS providers to publish and market their services, programmes and opportunities through GreenCape-FNF and no costs will be incurred by BDS providers in the drafting or distribution of the digital directory.
The open-source digital directory submissions will be created and published according to the following process:
4. How to submit information to the Open-source Digital Directory:
To contribute to the open-source digital directory, BDS providers should click on the respective business support category buttons below. BDS providers will be directed to the relevant Category Support Form which should be completed and submitted.
5. FAQ’s and Terms and Conditions of Use
For BDS Providers:
Q1: Are there any costs involved in publishing and advertising the services, programmes and opportunities in the open-source digital directory?
A1: No. This digital directory is a free opportunity for BDS providers to publish and market their services, programmes, and opportunities by GreenCape-FNF and no costs will be incurred by BDS providers in the drafting or distribution of the digital directory.
Q2: When will my category support submission be published?
A2: Submissions will be published after one round of iteration by an internal review committee. BDS Providers will be contacted by GreenCape-FNF and a request will be made to publish the review committee edited submission. Once the BDS Provider has accepted and approved the final submission, the final Category Support Submission will be uploaded to the open-source digital directory.
Q3: Where will the information be distributed?
A3: The open-source digital directory will be made publically available for access on GreenCape and FNF’s website.
Q4: Can I submit more than one record of support services, programmes and opportunities that my business offers?
A4: Yes. BDS Providers are more than welcome to submit more than one record for each type of service, programme and opportunity offered to entrepreneurs.
Q5: Why are the submissions not uploaded to the directory immediately after I submit a completed category support form?
A5: As part of GreenCape and FNF's efforts to create a a useful resource for the public to access, we are obligated to ensure that the information provided is credible, reliable and true. Therefore, GreenCape and FNF will review the submissions prior to uploading it online as a measure of good practice to ensure the submissions are of a reputable standard.
For Water and Sanitation Sector Entrepreneurs:
Q1: Where and when can I access the information on the support services, programmes and opportunities available?
A1: Entrepreneurs and innovators can access the Open-source Digital Directory of Water Sector Support Services through the webpage link.
Q2: Where can I submit information about my water and sanitation technologies, products and solutions?
A2: Entrepreneurs are encouraged to submit information about their technologies, products, and solutions on platforms such as the Department of Water and Sanitation’s Water Services Technical Knowledge Centre (WSTKC) or the National Treasury’s Central Supplier Database for The South African Government.
6. About the GreenCape-FNF Collaboration on Innovation and Water
The Collaboration on Innovation and Water is an active partnership and initiative between GreenCape and FNF.
The aim of the collaboration is to assist with the growth and development of the water and sanitation sector in South Africa against climate change impacts.
The partnership seeks to identify and support smart, high-tech sustainable solutions that are beneficial to society, the economy and the environment. In addition, the project seeks to create beneficial synergies for water users, support stakeholders, and solution providers.
GreenCape and FNF’s collaboration seeks to harness the hidden potential in high-tech products and solutions to water scarcity by providing innovators and entrepreneurs with the support required to accelerate their market- and climate-appropriate solutions.
The FNF-GreenCape Collaboration on Innovation and Water was implemented during the height of the drought in the Western Cape. The project was thus able to provide an impactful contribution to the local water sector at a time when there was an urgent need for innovation, and will continue to do so across South Africa by adapting to the needs of the water sector for its long-term resilience and sustainability.
For more information on previous initiatives held by GreenCape & FNF, click on the Innovations for Water Resilience Competition 2018.