The 2021 Davidson Gwatkin Equity Measurement Prize was awarded to the Make a Splash! UNICEF / LIXIL Partnership Monitoring System and Stanford’s Environmental Arsenic Exposure and the Human Gut Microbiome Project.
mWater uses the EquityTool for the UNICEF / LIXIL Partnership Monitoring System to assess progress toward its goal of reaching the poorest households in the project population with sanitation improvements. This research provides valuable evidence to improve program targeting, supports critical sanitation access and resulting public health benefits, and helps to further progress toward SDG6.
Stanford’s Environmental Arsenic Exposure and the Human Gut Microbiome Project focused on populations in South Asia, and used the EquityTool to identify links between socioeconomic status and arsenic exposure at the population’s primary water source. This research provides valuable data to inform future public health interventions and water replacement programs that prioritize vulnerable groups. This work was supported by NIH Grant No. 1R21ES023387 and the Stanford Microbiome Consortium Seed Grant.
Metrics for Management is pleased to highlight and support these valuable contributions to development knowledge in low- and middle-income countries.
The annual Gwatkin Prize recognizes individual authors or co-author teams for their application of the EquityTool, or data obtained with it, to assess and improve services for the poor or to gain insight into wealth equity in low- and middle-income countries. Practitioners and researchers, including students, are eligible to participate. Each prize is valued between $5,000-$10,000.