Catalyst 2030 – Catalysing Fund Challenge


How to bring more clean and safe drinking water to more people? According to research conducted by the Trata Brasil Institute, nearly 35 million people in Brazil don´t have access to treated water. Responding to this scenario, the international movement ‘Catalyst 2030‘ proposed the first edition of the Catalyst 2030 Catalysing Fund Challenge.

As one of the network’s premises is to accelerate the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through partnerships, only collaborative project could participate of the challenge, meaning it involved more than one organization, and the solutions proposed to improve access to clean and safe drinking water for all should be scalable, addressing SDG 6. The winning project would receive financial support to put the idea into practice.

The Challenge was supported by Ambev Ama, PLKC Advogados, and Simbi.


IDIS is a funder member of Catalyst 2030 Brazil, and also supported this project by  structuring, promoting it, and orienting the selection of the winning proposal.

The first step was to define the characteristics of the call, create the necessary set of documents, and devise effective strategies for promoting it, as well as defining the selection process. Every detail contributed to ensuring transparency and the quality of the call, as well as reaching the right organizations that could propose projects in line with what was being sought.

With the call ready, it was time to receive applications. IDIS closely monitored this process, conducted the initial screening of applications, and continued to invite identified organizations as potential participants.

After a careful analysis of the received proposals, it was time to select the winning projects. The judging panel, composed of experts in the field of water, Renata Ruggiero from the Iguá Institute and Guilherme Castagna from Fluxus Ecological Design, had the important task of evaluating the finalist proposals based on predefined criteria, seeking to identify those with the greatest potential for impact.


With a specific focus, the call received 24 applications, involving a total of 89 institutions, including NGOs, companies, universities, and individuals from all regions of Brazil. Among them, five collaborative projects targeted indigenous peoples, while two were aimed at quilombola communities.

The selected proposal was “Access to Clean Water for the Munduruku People,” jointly presented by the organizations Associação das Mulheres Munduruku Wakoborun, Projeto Saúde e Alegria, Water is Life, DSEI Rio Tapajós, and Associação Indígena Pariri.

Its objective is to distribute filters to the Munduruku indigenous people in the state of Pará, in order to make river, stream, well, and rainwater suitable for consumption by this population.

The budget for the project’s execution is estimated at R$200,000, and completion is scheduled for the end of 2023.

About the Organisation

Catalyst 2030 is a global network, composed of more than 100 social entrepreneurs in Brazil, who are working together to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs.

The Catalyst 2030 Fund is an initiative of Catalyst 2030 Brazil aimed at identifying existing initiatives and solutions and fostering collaboration among social organizations in the country to achieve the SDGs.

SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)

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