Let's make it happen @Stockholm!

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 15:15

World Water Week, 23-28 August 2015

Stockholm next week, with a bunch of interesting sessions around WASH financing… there’s our session, which will be a fun (but serious) event around a roleplay… and a bunch of other heavyweight sessions in which the Big Guns discuss WASH financing going forward…


Monday 1400-1530 Means of Implementing the Post 2015 Development Agenda: High Level Perspectives (convened by Stockholm International Water Institute). This session will be focusing especially on financing of SDG implementation, tying in to the recent Addis Ababa conference on Finanncing for Development. Sounds promising!

Tuesday 1600-1700 Public Finance for WASH: making it happen! (convened by WSUP, IRC and Trémolet Consulting). That’s us, please come along, we’ll give you a nice Public Finance for WASH bookmark…

Wednesday 11:00-12:30 Financing for Development: Innovative Financial Mechanisms for the Post-2015 Agenda (convened by AMCOW, ADB, GWP, IADB, World Bank). It’ll be interesting to see whether “innovative” includes innovative mechanisms for tax revenue generation and expenditure. Let’s hope so!

Thursday 14:00-15:30 Financing universal coverage under the Sustainable Development Goals (convened by DFID, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, World Bank, UNICEF,WHO). Again, how much emphasis will be placed on domestic public resource mobilisation? DRM good, DPRM better!

So let’s see what emphasis these high-level discussions place on domestic taxation. Or will the focus instead be on over-optimistic private finance solutions, allowing governments to abdicate their responsibility for basic service provision? Let’s see! Nigeria is a case in point: burgeoning tax revenues, but little of this money is being spent on sanitation for poor communities, in part because of WASH planning which assumes that private investment will sort things out. Hmmm.