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In 1999 EMF started making documentaries as a supporting activity, to help raise public awareness to the issues it was addressing. Working together with professional filmmakers, EMF has meanwhile researched and produced documentaries on water, poverty and microfinance.

The Blue Gold

A 4-part TV documentary series Het Blauwe Goud (The Blue Gold) on the problems and solutions to freshwater shortages in the developing world was broadcast on Dutch television by the NCRV in June/July 2008. Besides taking the initiative for the series, EMF also selected the projects and conducted an extensive interview with the Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands. The series featured the following countries and organisations:

  • Kenia  (Amref/Flying Doctors)
  • India and Sri Lanka  (Clean Water Now!)
  • Gambia  (Acqua Aero Water Systems)
  • Cambodia  (WaterRight)
  • Vietnam  (Vitens/Evides and the Dutch Government)
  • Nigeria  (The Association of Water Boards (UVW))
  • Nicaragua  (Friesland Foods)
  • Kenia  (ISCOM and SNS Waterfund)

A Dollar A Day

A Dollar A Day, a 6-part series produced in cooperation with EMF Films BV was broadcast by RVU on Dutch television in 2005 (August 31, September 7, 14, 21, 28 and October 5) by RVU  (


The  2005 United Nations Year of Microfinance provided a context for EMF's 4-part documentary on poverty that was shown on Dutch television by AVRO in  its program "Twee Vandaag” in August 2005. It featured the following countries and companies:

  • Nigeria  (Heineken)
  • Surinam  (Waterleidingbedrijf Amsterdam)
  • India (DSM/Unilever)
  • Mozambique (Vitens)
  • Malawi (TNT)
  • Peru (Rabobank/Oikocredit)

Water, The Drop Of Life

Water, The Drop Of Life is a 6-part international documentary on water problems and possible solutions, was produced by EMF in cooperation with the Dutch television producer Swynk. The first comprehensive screening of the series took place at the start of the World Water Forum and ministerial conference in the Hague in 2000. In the meantime, the documentary has been screened in 60 countries, including the United States by Public Broadcasting Systems (PBS).

Sanitation 2.0 re-using pee and poo
Rising to the challenge of water scarcity
Working on water together
Opening up the oceans with desalination
When water hits your bottom line


Investment Funds for Water and Sanitation: Y/N?

Social impact investing is on the rim to become main streamed, this will take another 3-5 years, but the trend is clear: more and more high net worth individuals prefer to invest instead of donate, taking a more business wise approach. Investing in Micro Finance Institutions (MFI) is a clear example impact investing pays off, from a financial point of view. However the social and environmental impact of commercial operating MFIs' is not a given fact of their business. Most of these institutes realize they have to improve, so why don't MFIs' invest in water and sanitation?

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