Thematic Discussion on “Urban Sanitation Finance – from Macro to Micro Level”


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(Originally posted 20 days ago)


The Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) forum would like to invite you to participate in the Thematic Discussion on “Urban Sanitation Finance – from Macro to Micro Level” which just started with the first theme.

The following thematic experts are on board to lead the three themes that will be covered during this thematic discussion:

Theme I - Public Finance (23 June – 2 July): Catarina Fonseca (Senior Programme Officer and Head of the International Innovation programme (IRC)) and Guy Norman (Head of Evaluation, Research and Learning at Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP))

Theme II – Microfinance (30 June – 10 July): Sophie Trémolet (Director of Trémolet Consulting) and Goufrane Mansour (Consultant at Tremolét Consulting)

Theme III - City level sustainable cost recovery (9 July – 16 July): Antoinette Kome (Global sector coordinator for WASH at SNV Netherlands Development Organisation ) and Kumi Abeysuriya (Senior research consultant of the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney)

Leading questions:
What are current levels of public finance at national level for urban sanitation? Is local taxation a key? What role could microfinance play to support on-site sanitation and how could different financing mechanisms be combined innovatively at city level? We want to raise these and other questions in order to investigate the various levels (macro, meso, micro) at which finance for urban sanitation can be raised, assess their advantages and shortcomings and outline how they can be combined.

Quick links:
Theme I discussion area:
Theme II discussion area:
Theme III discussion area:

Background readings:

Willemijn Nagel's picture

Comment by Hans Simons: 

When it concerns financing a project or an idea the most important thing for the applicant is a Quick yes or a no,better sooner than later, in order to keep the momentum and keeping everybody on the team motivated.

Willemijn Nagel's picture

Comment by Mohammed Saani:

Financing a project such as sanitation require detail planning that will include participation by all for effective commitment.IIn Ghana sanitation financing is largely schewed to cetral government and donor agencies.This system does not promote sustainablity and there should be a shift from this practise.

Gillian Ngefor's picture

When talk of micro, meso and macro levels I beleive there are different identifiable institutions at each level. They can be public private or community based or NGOs. I think all of these institutions can participate in development but on the ground its neccessary to know the possibility of working with each and the results. I think working with local governments while integrating communities can produce good results. There is also the question of sensitising through schools and community gatherings.