The evaluation report was presented at a ceremony held at midday today by the Agbar Foundation in the Àgora Agbar in Cornellà de Llobregat and featured presentations by Ignacio Escudero, the general manager of Aigües de Barcelona; Frederic Udina, the president of Ivàlua; and David Casado and Federico Todeschini, the authors of the Ivàlua report on the Solidarity Fund.
A fund that has benefited thousands of families
This year the Solidarity Fund allocated almost two million euros to paying the water bills of over 12,400 families in the metropolitan area. Since the fund was set up in 2012, Aigües de Barcelona has awarded more than 54,000 grants, amounting in total to over three million euros.
The Fund has been rolled out in the 24 municipal districts of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona to which Aigües de Barcelona supplies water.
Good design and implementation plan of the Fund
Ivàlua gave a very high rating to the design and implementation of the Agbar Foundation’s Solidarity Fund set up by Aigües de Barcelona in 2012 to offset the provision of water to families experiencing financial difficulties. According to this public body, the Fund managed to efficiently address the issue of water vulnerability, reaching families who would have experienced serious problems were it not for this aid.
The evaluation also highlights the ‘relationship of the utmost trust’ between Aigües de Barcelona and the local authorities and third sector organisations (specifically, the Red Cross of Catalonia, Càritas Diocesana, Fundació Hàbitat3, Fundació l’Esperança and Fundació Mambré) which serve as a vehicle for channelling this aid to the beneficiary families.
The Ivàlua report also includes a survey of Fund beneficiaries which reveals that in 60% of cases the named holder of the utility contract is a woman, mainly aged under 65. Of these, 73% are Spanish, over half live with a partner or are married, and 74% do not have any higher education qualifications. Moreover, half of them are unemployed and 16% are pensioners.