Scaling-up sanitation microfinance: what will it take?

Thursday 27 August | 11.00-12.30 | Room: FH 201

Governments and donors are currently expecting households to fund the bulk of the investments required for expanding the reach of sanitation services in a sustainable manner. This is particularly the case in countries where on-site sanitation is the norm and where the public sector has de facto withdrawn from service provision. However, household investments rarely materialise at the pace or at the scale that would be needed to make a significant difference in terms of public health and well-being. The slow progress towards the MDG for sanitation urges to think at innovative sources of finance for the sector. In recent years, a number of initiatives and research activities took place to explore the potential of microfinance for leveraging household investments, but also to support the development of a complete range of sanitation services, including latrine emptying. This session will highlight the findings from these initiatives, their successes but also the remaining challenges for scaling-up existing experiences. The session will also take a very practical look at options available for governments, donors or NGOs looking to embed sanitation in their programmes.  


11:00 Introduction by Meera Mehta (CEPT), who will be chairing the event 

11:05 Developing microfinance for sanitation: overcoming the challenges, followed by Q&A - (speaker to be confirmed)

11:20 Scaling-up microfinance for sanitation: lessons from experience, followed by Q&A - Sophie Trémolet (Director, Trémolet Consulting)

11:35 Microfinance for sanitation in practice: the experience of ECLOF in Tanzania, followed by Q&A - ECLOF Tanzania (speaker to be confirmed)

11:50 Introduction to the market place session by Vijay Athreye (FINISH Society)

11:55 Market place session organised around 5 poster presentations from representatives of CEPT (India), FINISH Society (India and Kenya), ECLOF (Tanzania), (Global) and MicroSave (Kenya)

12:25 Wrap up and next steps - Sophie Trémolet (Trémolet Consulting)