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World Water Week: Innovative Financing Mechanisms Toward Achieving SDG 6 in Africa

22 August 2023

What: Workshop on the sidelines of World Water Week 2023

Who: African Development Bank, African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW), Organisation for Economic Development, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The World Bank Group

When: Tuesday, 22 August 2023; 11:00 – 12:30 CET (09:00 – 10:30 GMT)

Where: Stockholm, Sweden, and online (click here to register).

The African Development Bank, jointly with the African Ministers Council on Water, the Organisation for Economic Development, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Bank, will host a workshop during World Water Week 2023. The session, titled Innovative Financing Mechanisms Toward Achieving Sustainable Development Goals 6 in Africa, will take place on 22 August from 11:00 – 12:30 CET  (9:00 – 10:30 GMT).

It will focus on financial mechanisms in Africa’s water and sanitation sector and examine progress and challenges in the achievement of access to water and sanitation for all. The session will share experiences from governments, financial institutions, philanthropies and the private sector. Participants will discuss the way forward in achieving access to water and sanitation. The workshop will showcase the African Water Facility as a multilateral fund for project preparation and investment promotion in Africa.

Speakers will include:  

  • Dr Rachid MBAZIIRA, Executive Secretary AMCOW.
  • Joel Kolker, Global lead for Water and Finance, World Bank.
  • Xavier Leflaive, Water Team Leader OECD.
  • Brian Arbogast, Director Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Bill & Melinda Gate Foundation.
  • Prof Dr Hani Sewilam, Egypt’s Minister for Water Resources and Irrigation
  • Hon. Serigne Mbaye Thiam, Senegal’s Minister for Water and Sanitation
  • Hon. Carl Hermann Gustav Schlettwein, Namibia’s Minister for Agriculture, Water and Land Reform

Osward Chanda, the African Development Bank Group’s Director for Water and Sanitation and of the African Water Facility, will moderate.