• Innovative Financing for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in West & Central Africa

    First Regional Meeting

    15 - 17 December 2015

    Radisson Blu, Sea Plaza Dakar

    Dakar, Senegal

  • About the Meeting


    Water supply and sanitation services, although recognized as a human right and essential to prevent diseases and promote development, continue to face major challenges to mobilize sufficient resources to meet the needs of the growing population. According to the Joint Monitoring Report Update 2015, globally an estimated 663 million people still lack access to improved drinking water sources and 2.4 billion people have no access to improved sanitation facilities- of them, 946 million defecate in the open. Recognizing that local resource mobilization and innovative financing are key pillars to achieving universal access for water and sanitation- Sustainable Development Goal 6- and following up on the Third International Conference on Financing for Development held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in July 2015, the Government of Senegal, AMCOW, and UNICEF in collaboration with African Development Bank, ECCAS, ECOWAS, ECOBANK, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (DGIS), European Investment Bank, Islamic Development Bank , Bank of Africa and IRC, is organizing the first regional meeting on innovative financing for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in West & Central Africa to explore how private sector and domestic financial resources can be mobilized to ensure access and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.


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    Key Objectives

    • To review existing financing mechanisms in Africa, especially West & Central Africa region, and identify opportunities for funding WASH programmes in the short to medium term.
    • To share experiences in using innovative financing mechanisms within the WASH sector in and outside the region from government-led to private institution-directed initiatives, as well as Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs).
    • To provide an overview of the range of potential innovative financing mechanisms available for participants to share thoughts and discuss options.
    • To hear from the private sector, other funders (actual and potential), and practitioners on what the necessary conditions and enabling factors are for an innovative financing initiative to be successful.
    • To identify feasible innovative WASH services financing mechanisms for piloting in the region.
    • To define key strategies and recommendations for adoption and scale up of potential financing mechanisms for WASH services within the region.
    • To engage and galvanize support from regional organisations, governments, financial institutions and other groups to pursue opportunities for implementing innovative funding and financing instruments.

    Participating Organizations 

    • African Development Bank
    • African Ministers Council on Water/AU
    • African Water Association
    • AKROS Research
    • Banque Internationale pour le Commerce at l’Industrie du Senegal
    • Directorate-General for International Cooperation – The Netherlands
    • Dutch Natcom
    • Economic Community of Central African States
    • European Investment Bank
    • French Development Agency
    • Gates Foundation/Speak Up Africa
    • Global Environment & Technology Foundation
    • Global Water Partnership
    • International Finance Facility for Immunisation
    • IRC
    • Islamic Development Bank
    • Lions Head
    • Programme Solidarite de l’Eau/GRET
    • Ramboll
    • Sanitation and Water For All
    • Societe Generale Banque du Senegal
    • The Coca-Cola Company
    • UNICEF
    • UNICEF Zambia/AKROS
    • United States Agency for International Development
    • USAID Senegal Office
    • Vergnet
    • WaterAid
    • World Bank
  • Registration

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    Please note: Participation is by invitation only. Registration will be confirmed by the event Secretariat.

  • Key Sessions

    Participate in these sessions and others!

    Investment Environment in West and Central Africa

    Financing of WASH  in West and Central Africa in the Future

    Enabling Environment for WASH Financing in  West and Central Africa 

    Existing Policy and Frameworks for Innovative Finance

    Regional (UEMO, ECOWAS, ECCAS etc.) and Countries

    Existing Financial Mechanisms

    Loans, bonds, microfinance, etc.

    Applying Financial instruments to WASH

    Regional, Commercial, and Investment Banks

    Moving Innovative Financing for WASH  Forward

    Looking Forward: Recommendations and Next Steps

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