Friendly Water, Global Development, and Effective Altruism


More people have died from waterborne illnesses since 2000 than from all wars combined. A Quaker-based organization, Friendly Water for the World’s mission is to expand global access to low-cost clean water technologies and information about health and sanitation through knowledge-sharing, training, applied research, community-building, peacemaking, and efforts at sustainability. We empower communities abroad to take care of their own clean water needs, even as we empower people here to make a real difference.

The workshop will share stories of Friendly Water's work in 15 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and experience of our work with Klamath Falls Friends Church in supporting ongoing efforts in Rwanda. For more information, visit:

David Albert is co-founder and Board Chair of Friendly Water for the World, likely the first project of Convergent Friends in the Pacific Northwest. He is an author and speaker, and is retired from a career in public health from the state of Washington. He is a member of Olympia Friends Meeting, and for many years clerked their committee on right sharing of world resources.