H2020, whose CEO Erika Anderson has been participating in Start-Up Chile since November of 2010, has just announced that they have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement with the South African based NGO, Ripples for Good, which, starting on April 18th, will collect data in approximately 500 communities as part of H2020’s Water Poverty Initiative. This is the first time H2020’s electronic survey will be used in Africa, which has already been utilized in Latin America and the USA.
“I am really excited to start getting data from Africa and am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Ripples for Good,” notes Erika. “Comparing problem sets across different geographical areas and different continents is one of the things that is tough to do using existing data sets. Put together with the data we are taking here in Latin America, this new information from Africa is going to give us some good insight into shared issues and solutions.”
In addition to Africa, H2020, whose goal is to have a presence in all citing in Latin America with a population greater than 2 million people by the end of 2012, is currently organizing a pilot for the initiative in Latin America during 2011-2012. To develop this initiative, Erika and her team have been traveling extensively throughout Chile , having recently visited the 3rd and 4th regions of Northern Chile meeting with water users (mines, agriculture, and water organizations) and universities. She states: “we have put in several proposals in the 4th Region and are hoping to secure funding to do some work there in watershed monitoring.”
Recently featured in INC magazine for her work with H2020 and Start-Up Chile, Erika is a graduate of MIT and Cornell Law School with dual degrees in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science and Music.