The World Bank Group / Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Launch of Rising to the Challenge: WASH Poverty Diagnostic Initiative

Tuesday 29 August | 16.00-16.45 | Room: NL 253

• What are the gaps between policy and implementation that prevent equitable access to water supply, sanitation and hygiene? How can WASH funding be refocused to eradicate poverty and boost shared prosperity? And what changes are needed to ensure nobody is left behind?

• Presenting new evidence from a two-year investigation into WASH poverty diagnostics across 18 countries; a deep dive into the inequalities that persist in access to water supply, sanitation, and hygiene, and the impact of such deprivations on human development.

• Equity and inclusion are front and center on the agenda in striving for universal access to WASH. The SDGs have raised the standard that defines access to services - and with higher standards comes increased costs. Decision-makers need to be more efficient in allocating and spending resources when deciding how best to reach the most vulnerable.

• A starting point is a clear understanding of where poor and vulnerable populations reside in a country, and then understanding their level and quality of services. Only then can we begin to understand the nature and magnitude of the problem, what are binding constraints to improve WASH services, and how to overcome them. With support from Swedish SIDA, the World Bank has