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02 Feb 21

Launch of the Blended Finance for Water Infrastructure Maintenance and Fecal Sludge Management Outcome Document

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Three months ago, Convergence, with the support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), set up a Working Group, convening over 50 organizations from the WASH sector to explore the use of blended finance in two important segments of water service delivery and sanitation:

  1. Repair and maintenance of water infrastructure in less densely populated areas
  2. Fecal sludge management

On January 14th, Convergence and Sida co-hosted the launch of the Outcome Document Blended Finance for Water Infrastructure Maintenance and Fecal Sludge Management, produced by the Working Group, to introduce the recommendations made for using blended finance to mobilize additional funding and financing for rural water maintenance and fecal sludge management.

This online event featured perspectives from the Working Group Coordinators and guest panelists, Meera Mehta from Center for Water and Sanitation in India, Stephen Sena from USAID WASH-Fin, Shabana Abbas from Aqua for All, Regina Rossmann from Convergence, Louis Boorstin from Osprey Foundation, Maria E. G. Berto from Inter-American Development Bank, Mikael Dupuis from UDUMA, and Rob Mills from Social Finance.

Agenda for launch recording PICTURE

Once again, we would like to thank the Working Group Coordinators, Sean Furey from Rural Water Supply Network, Beryl Shanyisa from Incofin Investment Management, Valentin Post from WASTE and Sridhar Sampath from WaterEquity, for their participation during the launch event.

The full list of Working Group participants is available in Annex I (pages 36 & 37) of this report.

__To learn more, download the Outcome Document. Convergence has also summarized the key findings from this report. __

About the Author
Regina Rossmann

Regina serves as a Manager for both the Training and Member Engagement teams. Prior to Convergence, Regina was a policy advisor at GIZ, the German agency for technical development cooperation, where she advised the German government on innovative finance for water and sanitation, and on pro-poor subsidy reforms. Prior to GIZ, Regina was a consultant at the World Bank Group in Washington, DC. She holds a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC, and a Bachelor’s in Chinese Studies from the University of Wuerzburg in Germany.