2030 Water Resources Group

2030 WRG Country Initiative: Blending Partnerships and Finance for Water

Sunday 27 August | 14.00-15.30 | Room: FH Cabaret

In just 15 years, world will demand 40 percent more water than currently available. An estimated $114 billion in annual investments is needed to achieve ‘Sustainable Development Goal 6’, current global funding is around $33 billion. A collective response is needed to address the growing water crisis.

With ~500 partners – 210 private sector, 120 government agencies, 170 civil society organizations, the 2030 Water Resources Group is developing programs and policies with substantial on ground impact.

Our multi-stakeholder platforms bring together key decision-makers from government, private sector, and civil society to drive solutions in water-stressed countries - Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Mexico, Mongolia, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania, Brazil, Ethiopia, and Vietnam. We would be expanding our work to a total of 20-25 countries in the coming years.

We are helping to unlock blended finance to improve water efficiency in several states in India and are facilitating a policy to accelerate wastewater reuse. We worked to prioritize water projects and encouraged private financing in Peru and Mexico. In South Africa, our partnership has supported an award-winning Water Administration System to save 35 percent water that was previously lost in irrigation. We successfully engaged the mining industry in Mongolia on water management improvements.


14:00 Opening Address
Anders Berntell, Executive Director, 2030 WRG

14:10 Showcasing of 2030 WRG corporate film

14:15 Hard Talk: How can government mainstream private sector finance and partnership models?
Moderator: Anders Berntell, Executive Director, 2030 WRG
Private Sector Representatives 

  • Greg Koch, Coca-Cola 
  • Anil Jain, Jain Irrigation Systems Limited 

Public Sector Representatives 

  • Paban Chowdhury, Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority 
  • Eng. Robert Gakubia, CEO, Water Services Regulatory Board, Kenya (TBC)

Civil Society/ Academia Representatives

  • Mercedes Castro, Director, Aqualimpia

15:15 Thematic Breakout Sessions
Models for collective action and blended finance

  • Agri Water
    Chair: Anil Jain, Managing Director, Jain Irrigations Systems Limited
  • Urban Water
    Chair: Rivash Panday, Specialist, Sustainable Water, Sasol, Africa
  • Industrial Water
    Chair: Mohammad Shahidul Haque, Senior Secretary, Legislative & Parliamentary Affairs Division, Ministry of Law, Government of Bangladesh
  • Water Policy & Governance
    Chair: TBC

15:15 Launch of new initiatives by 2030 WRG 

15:20 Next phase of 2030 WRG

  • Water Practice Representative, The World Bank Group 
  • Ana Gren, Senior Policy Specialist, Sida

15:30 Close of session