Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands

Leveraging Domestic Resources to remove financial bottleneck in WASH

Thursday 01 September | 16.00-17.30 | Room: --

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, although recognized as a human right, essential to prevent diseases and to promote development, continue to face major challenges in mobilizing sufficient resources to meet the needs of the growing population. To address the challenge, development partners, governments, investment banks and other international organizations are discussing how to move this agenda forward. In 2015 in Addis Ababa and Dakar, many countries have agreed to increase domestic resource mobilisation to ensure access and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. With limited public funding, this requires the development of innovative approaches to water financing that can leverage grant, tax and private money, expanding the reach of the beneficiaries. This event will provide participants with the latest thinking on finance, drawing on the conclusions of the 2016 Financing Events in Addis and Dakar and the financial plans for SDG’s. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on country case studies and examples that the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched in collaboration with partners such as UNICEF and the Netherlands Water Partnership. Some practical examples such as the Kenya Innovative Financing Facility for Water and country cases on leverages will be discussed.


16:00 Opening and welcome note

Sanjay Wijesekera, UNICEF

16:05 Water Financing Facilities (water banks): Mobilizing domestic resources to contribute to ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Dick van Ginhoven, DGIS NL and Hein Gietema and Padraig Oliver from the Water Financing Facility team

16:20 Moving WASH financing in West and Central Africa: Existing Modalities and perspectives
Evariste Kouassi-Komlan, UNICEF

16:35 Improving WASH financing: Private sector perspective
Thierry Barbotte, Managing Director, Vergnet Hydro

16:50 Panel discussion: What can we learn from other sectors and the water sector to improve WASH sector financing?

  • Ms. Jinqging, UNICEF
  • Ebba Aurell, Sida
  • Jyoti Shukla, WSP
  • Kate Antrobus, Lion’s Head Global Partners
  • H.E. Niouga Ambroise Ouedraogo, Minister for Water and Sanitation, Burkina Faso
  • Minister of Water, Sénégal

17:25 Conclusions and recommendations
Evariste Kouassi-Komlan and Dick van Ginhoven