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

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Join us for a dynamic, solutions-oriented conference on financing sustainable sanitation toward achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6.

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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.

To learn more about the conference, including speaker bios, please visit the Global Water Alliance website here. You may also find details to submit an abstract for our poster session here, during which two posters will be awarded the Arun Deb Promise of Excellence in WASH of $1000 USD each.

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


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 at the World Bank

12:30 PM: Coffee break

12:50 PM: Afternoon keynote address by Cheryl Hicks, Founding Partner & Chair of the Board, ASE INFRA Partners

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


Chris Harnish, Associate Professor at Thomas Jefferson University

Jessica Jacobson, Senior Manager for Financial Institutions at

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

Please note that upon registering on Eventbrite, a separate email will be sent with the Zoom call-in details closer to Saturday, October 9.

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