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

October 9, 2021

GWA Webinar Series

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GWA Webinar Series 

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

When: October 9, 2021 | 11:00 AM – 2:30PM EDT; followed by poster session and reception

On Saturday, October 9, 2021, the Global Water Alliance with Thomas Jefferson University will convene its virtual 14th Annual Conference titled, “Securing the Green to Make it Clean: Funding for Sustainable Sanitation.” The conference—the theme of which draws its inspiration from the 2020 launch of the United Nations-affiliated Sanitation and Hygiene Fund—will bring speakers from across the finance sector to address the modernization of traditional funding sources, as well as the innovations needed to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6: water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for all. The conference will place significant emphasis on solving WASH inequities in particular, so that no one is “left behind” on the path to 2030. Speakers will address topics including multi-donor trust funds, domestic resource mobilization, social impact investing and microfinance, and cryptocurrency, among other areas and their important role in accelerating progress toward universal WASH access.

The conference organizers intend for this year’s conference to be part of the 9th World Water Forum’s “On the Road to Dakar” initiative, with plans to present a summary of the proceedings in Dakar, Senegal in March 2022.

Virtual Conference Program:

11:00 AM: Welcome address by Dr. Lauri Romanzi, Consultant for Thomas Jefferson University
11:05 AM: Opening remarks by Christiaan Morssink, President of the Global Water Alliance
11:10 AM: Morning keynote address by Dominic O’Neill, Executive Director of the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund
11:30 AM: Panel I— Modernizing traditional funding models for WASH
Moderated by Lauren Alcorn, Director of Strategic Partnerships at the One Drop Foundation
Panelists:
Catarina Fonseca, Finance Specialist at IRC WASH
Robert Hornsby, Co-Founder and CFO of Jobomax / American Homebuilders of West Africa
Dr. William Tsimwa Muhairwe, Executive Director of Global Water Leaders Group and Senior Team Leader and Founder of 2ML Consulting Limited
Miguel Vargas-Ramirez, Lead Water and Sanitation Specialist
12:30 PM: Coffee break
12:50 PM: Afternoon keynote address by Cheryl Hicks, Inaugural Executive Director (2015-2020) of the Toilet Board Coalition
1:10 PM: Panel II— Accelerating innovation in financing equitable WASH toward 2030
Moderated by Keith Schneider, Senior Editor and Chief Correspondent at Circle of Blue
Panelists:
Chris Harnish, Associate Professor at Thomas Jefferson University
Jessica Jacobson, Senior Manager for Financial Institutions at water.org
Deepak Khadka, Country Director of iDE Bangladesh 
Josh Jones, Co-founder and Stake Pool Operator of Grow Your Stake
2:10 PM: Closing remarks by David Parker, Deputy Director for WASH at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
2:30 PM: Adjourn

To follow:

2:45 PM to 4:00 PM EDT: Virtual reception and Arun Deb Award ceremony.