I’ve learned that there is an appetite for learning from each other and adapting models that have been proven to work elsewhere. What’s missing is a structure and resources for the learning and adaptation process, which is where my work at R4D focuses.”
Emily Endres is an international development professional focused on supporting entrepreneurs and innovators in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and health sectors in low- and middle-income countries. As an R4D program officer, she leads learning and adaptation initiatives within the Center for Health Market Innovations, where 1,300 organizations share best practices with local innovators worldwide.
Previously, Ms. Endres played a lead role in the implementation of learning activities through R4D’s WASH Impact Network, a network of over 120 water, sanitation and hygiene innovators across India and East Africa who identify operational challenges themselves and share information to overcome them. Based on numerous interviews, focus group discussions and surveys, the R4D team’s recommendations help funders, international partners and implementers take sanitation and hygiene lessons to scale mainly through a web platform that encourages worldwide collaboration by connecting international organizations with local innovators in India and East Africa.
Before joining R4D, Ms. Endres worked for Population Services International in Laos as a Princeton in Asia fellow, and later as technical advisor for PSI’s rural sanitation marketing program.
Ms. Endres holds a BS in business administration and healthcare management from Trinity University of San Antonio.