GWA Annual Conference Securing the Green to Make it Clean: Funding for Sustainable Sanitation

When:  Saturday, October 9, 2021 | 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM EDT (5:00 PM to 8:30 PM CET)

Virtual Conference Program: Welcome address Dr. Lauri Romanzi, Consultant, Thomas Jefferson University;

Opening remarks Christiaan Morssink, President, Global Water Alliance;

Morning keynote address Dominic O’Neill, Executive Director, Sanitation and Hygiene Fund;

Panel I— Modernizing traditional funding models for WASH:

Moderator: Lauren Alcorn, Director of Strategic Partnerships, One Drop Foundation

Panelists: Catarina Fonseca, Finance Specialist, IRC WASH;   Robert Hornsby, Co-Founder & CFO, Jobomax / American Homebuilders of West Africa;   William Tsimwa Muhairwe, Executive Director, Global Water Leaders Group & Senior Team Leader & Founder, 2ML Consulting Limited;   Miguel Vargas-Ramirez, Lead Water and Sanitation Specialist, World Bank Group;

Coffee break 12:30 PM — 12:50PM

Afternoon keynote address Cheryl Hicks, Founding Partner & Chair of the Board, ASE INFRA Partners;

Panel II— Accelerating innovation in financing equitable WASH toward 2030:

Moderator: Keith Schneider, Senior Editor & Chief Correspondent, Circle of Blue;

Panelists: Chris Harnish, Associate Professor, Technology, Social Design, Healthcare Design, Thomas Jefferson University;   Jessica Jacobson, Senior Manager for Financial Institutions,;   Deepak Khadka, Country Director, iDE Bangladesh;   Josh Jones, Co-Founder & Stake Pool Operator, Grow Your Stake;

Closing remarks David Parker, Deputy Director, WASH, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation;

Adjourn at 2:30PM. Poster session, including Arun Deb Award, and reception to follow beginning at 2:45PM.

We hope to see you there.  In the interim, please read this article by Kelly Bridges and Amanda King on securing funding for WASH.

[photo credit:  New Security Beat]


Kelly Bridges is a current GWA Board Member and former Senior Associate at Global Water 2020, a DC-based advocacy and facilitation initiative, now sunsetted, which worked to solve critical challenges in the global water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector, including increasing access to WASH in healthcare facilities, improving WASH and neglected tropical disease coordination, and promoting water as a confidence-building measure toward peace in the Middle East and elsewhere. In February 2020, she began a 3-year tenure as the Young Professional Representative Director on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association. Kelly earned her Masters in Water Science, Policy and Management from the University of Oxford and her Bachelors in Science, Technology and Society from the University of Pennsylvania. In Fall 2022, she will begin her studies at the University of Chicago Law School with a focus on the human rights to water and health.


Amanda King is the Program Associate for the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program. She supports public and private convenings centered on advancing and informing policies for multi-sector approaches at the intersection of environment, health, and security. King communicates program activities through digital platform mediums and contributes to program research, analysis, and communications, including authoring articles and serving as Assistant Editor for the award-winning blog, New Security Beat.