Inter-American Development Bank / One Drop

Eye on LAC: Water and Sanitation as a Business: Constraints-Opportunities

Tuesday 30 August | 14.00-15.30 | Room: FH Congress Hall A

Providing improved water and sanitation services generate market opportunities for private businesses. The market is huge as 2.4 billion people (about 40% of the world population) lack access to basic sanitation, such as toilets or latrines, and more than 700 million people still use unimproved drinking water sources. Private sector could play a key role in providing these services. This role could involve individual entrepreneurs offering simple products, such as toilets, bathrooms, or the repair and installation of water pipes. It could also involve small and medium size enterprises or even large companies that offer more sophisticated products such as sludge management services. Water and sanitation could be a profitable business. Figuring out how to best make this possible requires understanding the factors that constrain private sector participation.  The success of a business will depend, to a great extent, on whether a country provides an  enabling environment (infrastructure, access to finance and effective business regulations). Based on good practices and real examples, the goal of this seminar is to understand how to generate this environment in Latin America and develop viable business models that make water and sanitation a profitable and sustainable business in the region. 


14:00  Welcoming Remarks to Eye on LAC

Sergio Campos, Water and Sanitation Division Chief, Inter-American Development Bank

14:10  Keynote Speech: Fostering Water and Sanitation Markets in LAC
David Sparkman, Independent Consultant

14:25  Keynote Speech: Building a Sanitation Business to Serve Vulnerable Urban Communities: A Case Study from Haiti
Sasha Kramer, Co-founder and Executive Director, Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods

14:35 Panel Discussion & Q&A

Moderator: Catherine Bachand, Chief Executive Officer, One Drop


  • Eleanor Allen, Chief Executive Officer, Water for People
  • Sarina Prabasi, Chief Executive Officer, Water Aid
  • Patrick Moriarty, Chief Executive Officer, IRC
  • Mercedes Castro, Director Manager, Agualimpia
  • José Luis Inglese, President, AySA (Buenos Aires Water Utility), Argentina
  • Christine Cioffe, SVP, Strategy and Portfolio Management, Global R&D, PepsiCo

15:25 Summary and Wrap-up by Moderator: Catherine Bachand, CEO, One Drop