Water.org hosted more than 130 participants in an engaging day of conversation and cross-learning from a broad range of sectors, including finance, multilaterals, government, research and academia, and practitioners. 

A special thank you to Shri. Arun Baroka, the Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, for delivering the keynote address. He highlighted that India has achieved 95.98% ODF coverage to date, compared to 38% ODF coverage in October 2014. With such success of the Swachh Bharat Mission, the focus now is on creating sustainability.   

The key themes of the day’s conversations revolved around:
  • Sustainability: strategies around ODF, ODF-Sustainability, and Water
  • Enabling regulations for WSS lending: removing the stigma around the profitability of WSS lending 
  • Scale: integrating water and sanitation into lending to allow it to scale on an auto-pilot basis
  • Communication: knowledge sharing around WASH credit financing, listening to consumers, two-way communications, meeting aspirations and changing the mindset from beneficiary to customer. 
  • Capacity building: strengthening the development of enterprises and banks 
  • Ecosystem: building a sustainable WASH ecosystem by evolving the Swachh Bharat Mission to be more of a grassroots focus and the policy level changes needed to make both financing and product offerings for WASH more inclusive to deepen the reach and impact in the ODF-Sustainability era
  • Financing strategies: innovative financing mechanisms for WSS, including impact investing impact bonds, the need for financing households as well as enterprises, encouraging banks to lend and sharing appropriate risk mitigation strategies 
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