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Excellent Development Limited

Excellent Development supports those in poverty stricken countries gain access to clean water and invest in sustainable agriculture by their pioneering sand dam technology. They have far reaching influence on policy makers, international NGOs and government departments built upon long term project work complete in rural communities supported by local partners. Impact has been consistent as interventions have broadened with thousands provided with water and skills shared among communities. The expansion of work to new countries mean diversifying funding sources with a focus on securing unrestricted funding is desirable. They have ambitious aims moving forward with hopes of a million sand dams being built to benefit half a billion people by 2040. The unpredictable nature of sand dam construction due to political and environmental issues has been a challenge in the past, but the number of beneficiaries impacted by just one sand dam successfully built and the transparency of their progress through these challenges builds confidence in sustainability.
Impact analysis Continuing studies conducted by Cranfield and Oxford University to measure sand dam water yield have been impressive, with one community abstracting over 90,000 litres from one sand dam in a month. This has huge potential to change lives as the overall cost across programmes to provide just one person with clean, safe and sustainable water is £13.34.
What it does
  • Excellent Development supports rural dryland communities to work their way out of poverty with dignity. Working with local partners, they support rural communities to gain access to clean water close to their homes and invest in climate-smart agriculture.
Who works here
  • 9 employees and 1 volunteers.
Who it helps
  • Other Defined Groups
  • The General Public/mankind
Sector(s) covered
  • The Prevention Or Relief Of Poverty
  • Overseas Aid/famine Relief
  • Environment/conservation/heritage
  • Economic/community Development/employment
Where it operates
  • India, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Eswatini
UN SDGs:
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Awards received

Over the last three years they've won the following awards:

  • Charity Times 2019 Awards Charity of the Year, Income £1-10m
Financial Data ?
Y/E Income Expenditure Surplus/
Deficit
Assets Months
Reserves
Employees Volunteers Filed on
31/03/2019 £1,221,584 £1,149,482 £72,102 7 9 1 07/11/2019
31/03/2018 £1,264,118 £973,863 £290,255 £616,865 7 8 3 17/10/2018
31/03/2017 £1,143,573 £1,517,558 -£373,985 £325,411 2 13 1 02/11/2017
31/03/2016 £1,533,638 £1,313,362 £220,276 £699,307 6 11 1 05/10/2016
31/03/2015 £1,291,076 £1,201,861 £89,215 £479,032 4 11 0 28/10/2015
30/03/2014 £1,158,259 £1,219,919 -£61,660 £389,997 3 14 0 08/08/2014
30/03/2013 £1,177,316 £1,095,923 £81,393 £452,250 4 13 0 30/01/2014
31/03/2012 £963,597 £999,625 -£36,028 £370,853 4 11 0 27/12/2012
31/03/2011 £865,581 £865,670 -£89 £406,884 5 11 0 20/10/2011
31/03/2010 £893,526 £632,693 £260,833 £406,969 7 8 0 28/10/2010
31/03/2009 £849,416 £877,724 -£28,308 £234,104 2 53 7 14/08/2009
31/03/2008 £678,695 £506,418 £172,277 £257,807 5 4 0 10/10/2008
Donations received ?

Over the last five years they've received significant donations from 2 grant making charities totalling £88,500

Amount/
When
Donor To be used for
£25,000
15/12/2019
The EQ Foundation Big Give Christmas Challenge 2019
£3,500
19/06/2018
The EQ Foundation Evaluation study by Cranfield, via EFN
£60,000
31/05/2016
Dulverton Trust Water for People and Wildlife
How effective is it?
Community Water and Food Programme - Southeast Kenya

Description: Supporting rural communities in the Ukambani region to harvest rainwater and grow food. Enabling the construction of sand dams, rainwater harvesting rock catchments, and school water tanks, bringing safe water close to home for local people. Excellent Development partners with the Africa Sand Dam Foundation (ASDF) in southeast Kenya, who are the strategic partner for pioneering sand dams worldwide. Excellent Development support ASDF capacity to provide technical expertise for the siting, design and construction of sand dams by other organisations, as an income generating activity

Objectives: To support world’s poorest people in transforming their own lives through water and soil conservation in drylands

Beneficiaries: Local people living in rural communities in the Ukambani region of southeast Kenya including the Makueni, Machakos and Kitui counties

Outputs Outcomes
01/04/2017-31/03/2018
61 Sand dams built50926 People with safe water
(Planned beneficiaries of 61180)
£434,000 Invested in programme
(Planned investment of £430,000)
5 School water tanks built
01/04/2016-31/03/2017
51 Sand dams built6089 People with safe water
£562,000 Invested in programme
(Planned investment of £637,000)
5 School water tanks built
02/04/2015-31/03/2016
51 Sand dams built36153 People with safe water
£672,000 Invested in programme
(Planned investment of £555,000)
Community Wildlife Conservancies - Northern Rangelands, Kenya

Description: Excellent Development work with the Northern Rangelands Trust in Lekurruki Conservancy, Laikipia to build sand dams and school water tanks in the region. Enabling a planned network of sand dams along the Tassia River holding substantial volumes of water which the community accesses through scoop holes and pipelines providing clear water. Excellent Development supports the Lekurruki Conservancy Trust (LCT) to build their capacity to become the region’s sand dam experts

Objectives: To support world’s poorest people in transforming their own lives through water and soil conservation in drylands

Beneficiaries: Local people of the Northern Rangelands - Lekurruki Conservancy, Kenya

Outputs Outcomes
01/04/2017-31/03/2018
2 Sand dams built7200 People with safe water
(Planned beneficiaries of 3126)
£144,000 Invested in programme
(Planned investment of £210,000)
01/04/2016-31/03/2017
3 Sand dams built3126 People with safe water
(Planned beneficiaries of 3126)
1 Sand dam road crossing built
1 School water tank built
£336,000 Invested in programme
(Planned investment of £315,000)
02/04/2015-31/03/2016
2 Sand dams built 1404 People with safe water
(Planned beneficiaries of 3126)
£155,000 Invested in programme
(Planned investment of £182,000)
Water for Arid Lands - Rajasthan, India

Description: Excellent Development, partnered with the Jal Bhagirathi Foundation (JBF) in Rajasthan, enable an environment where communities of the Marwar region can access drinking water for humans and animals by leveraging traditional knowledge and appropriate technology. Sand dams have been built to recharge groundwater and increase the availability of water for communities, as well as reducing salinity levels so that water can be used for drinking and agriculture

Objectives: To support world’s poorest people in transforming their own lives through water and soil conservation in drylands

Beneficiaries: Local people of the Marwar region in Rajasthan, India

Outputs Outcomes
01/04/2017-31/03/2018
5 Sand dams built12600 People with safe water
(Planned beneficiaries of 12600)
£25,000 Invested in programme
(Planned investment of £80,000)
01/04/2016-31/03/2017
1 Sand dam built1911 People with safe water
(Planned beneficiaries of 763)
£108,000 Invested in programme
(Planned investment of £117,000)
02/04/2015-31/03/2016
8 Sand dams sited3256 People with safe water
(Planned beneficiaries of 5150)
£35,000 Invested in programme
(Planned investment of £80,000)
Community Water and Food – Southern Africa

Description: Excellent Development supports communities in Southern Africa with partners the Christian Council of Mozambique (CCM) and the Dabane Trust, to provide water and food security for themselves by building their own sand dams. The projects provide a year-round supply of clean water and food whilst promoting sand dams throughout Southern Africa. Giving partners construction and design skills, this leads to successful dams that can be used as a model for the region.

Objectives: To support world’s poorest people in transforming their own lives through water and soil conservation in drylands

Beneficiaries: Local people of Southern Africa

Outputs Outcomes
01/04/2017-31/03/2018
4 Sand dams built7650 People with safe water
(Planned beneficiaries of 7750)
£100,000 Invested in programme
(Planned investment of £97,000)
01/04/2016-31/03/2017
3 Sand dams built 3605 People with safe water
(Planned beneficiaries of 2900)
£139,000 Invested in programme
(Planned investment of £150,000)
3 Knowledge sharing visits
2 People trained in water quality testing
02/04/2015-31/03/2016
5 People trained in sand dam construction
(Planned to enable 6 sand dams)
£32,000 Invested in programme
(Planned investment of £26,000)
Documents
Excellent Development Annual Report 2018 Programme Report Download Document
Excellent Development Annual Report 2017 Programme Report Download Document
Excellent Development Annual Report 2016 Programme Report Download Document
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Management
Judith Eaton is Chief Operating Officer. She joined Excellent Development in 2013 as Head of Finance and has managed all finance, governance and support activities of the charity before taking her current role. Judith has over 25 years experience working in the private sector having worked in public relations, media, hospitality, facilities management and healthcare.
Governance
Trustees (9)
Main office

Excellent Development
The Foundry
Unit G13
17 Oval Way
London
SE11 5RR

Legal constitution
  • UK Charity, number: 1094478
  • First registered on 04/11/2002
Objectives

THE CHARITY'S OBJECTS ("THE OBJECTS") ARE:- 1. TO PROMOTE THE CONSERVATION, PROTECTION AND IMPROVEMENT OF THE PHYSICAL AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENT FOR PUBLIC BENEFIT, AND 2. TO RELIEVE POVERTY, IN PARTICULAR BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY BY SUPPORTING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS AND 3. TO ADVANCE THE EDUCATION OF THE PUBLIC IN THE SUBJECTS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, CONSERVATION AND THE RELIEF OF POVERTY, IN PARTICULAR BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY BY THE UNDERTAKING AND DISSEMINATION OF RESEARCH. (PLEASE SEE COPY OF THE SPECIAL RESOLUTION ON FILE FOR DETAILS).

Board members including former CEO of The Big Give, Alex Day. Chair David Jordan was the former Executive Director of Operations at the Environment Agency (2008-2015). He has already been involved with Excellent Development as a donor, and was a business mentor to former Executive Director, Simon Maddrell.