2nd ADB and Partners Sanitation Dialogue: Making Sanitation a Sustainable Business

Making Sanitation a Sustainable Business, the 2nd Sanitation Dialogue between ADB and partners, will showcase sanitation and wastewater management investment opportunities.


The Dialogue advocates actions needed to make sanitation a viable and sustainable business, and to ensure accessibility and quality service delivery for all. Emphasis will also be given towards environmental sanitation, which needs to be seen as a necessity if any improvement on health and standard of living is to be achieved.


The Dialogue advocates actions needed to make sanitation a viable and sustainable business, and to ensure accessibility and quality service delivery for all. Emphasis will also be given towards environmental sanitation, which needs to be seen as a necessity if any improvement on health and standard of living is to be achieved.

The Dialogue will examine the drivers of a sanitation revolution:

  • Knowledge: Solutions are available.
  • Technologies: Choices are on hand.
  • Financing and Incentives: Various modalities exist.
  • Awareness and advocacy: Tools and platforms are available.

It will forge partnerships for:

  • Institutional re-engineering: Making sanitation happen through improving governance, setting in place enabling conditions, attracting private sector participation, and getting stakeholders involved.
  • Realizing business potential: Ramping up investments and scaling up working models through alternative delivery mechanisms, selection of technologies and systems, and creative financing.


  • Sanitation suppliers and contractors, engineers, and other private companies and organizations can meet potential clients, and showcase products and services
  • Donor agencies can get a region-wide perspective of sanitation as a development enterprise and determine sanitation financing gaps.
  • Governments can get updated with the latest sanitation and wastewater treatment technology, finance sources, and expertise to bring solutions to their cities and communities.
  • Nongovernment organizations can help shape investments and approaches on sanitation and partner with donors, government, and development agencies in pursuing the sanitation MDGs.


The dialogue features leading international experts who will present on imminent and emerging sanitation and wastewater issues and solutions, among them:

Margaret Catley-Carlson Margaret Catley-Carlson, Patron of the Global Water Partnership
Margaret Catley-Carlson held various posts in the Canadian government and the UN. She has sat in as chair or board member of a number of organizations, including the International Water Management Institute, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, and the United Nations Secretary General Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation.
Ralph T. Eberts, Executive Vice President, Global Water, Black and Veatch
Ralph Eberts played a significant role in ensuring the successful execution of the Bundamba Advanced Water Treatment Plant, an integral part of the $2.2 billion Western Corridor Recycled Water Project in Queensland, Australia. In November 2009, the plant was named as one of the Top Ten Engineering Wonders in Queensland. Over the last two years, he has led “Water Dialogue” roundtable discussions with industry leaders on the topics of Water Reuse and Economic Pressures.
Kamal Kar Kamal Kar, Founder of Community-Led Total Sanitation
Kamal Kar championed Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), an approach that empowers communities to become open defecation free. In this interview, Kamal talks about the spread of CLTS, the challenges to its implementation, and its achievements in defeating open defecation.
Jon Lane, Executive Director of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council
Jon Lane was honoured with an Order of the British Empire for his leadership of WaterAid, an NGO working on water and sanitation for poor people. During his term as Director of WaterAid, the organization received the Stockholm Water Prize for outstanding water-related activities. As Executive Director of Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, his special passion is to give sanitation and hygiene much greater global prominence and recognition.
Joe Madiath Joe Madiath, Executive Director of Gram Vikas
Joe Madiath heads Gram Vikas, one of the largest NGOs in the state of Orissa in India. Gram Vikas' approach to convergent community action with water and sanitation as the entry point is evolving into a movement that influences local democratic self-governance and poor people's control over development processes.
Bindeshwar Pathak Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh International
A sociologist by profession, Bindeshwar Pathak founded Sulabh International to uplift the lives and social status of India's scavengers or “untouchables” whose work is to clean pit latrines by hand. Through technology and education, Sulabh has provided sanitation solutions that liberated thousands of scavengers in India.
Jack Sim Jack Sim, founder and Chair of the World Toilet Organization
A successful entrepreneur, Jack Sim founded the World Toilet Organization (WTO) to help address the lack of adequate sanitation facilities that account for much of the world's social and health problems. WTO's vision is to attain clean, safe, affordable, ecologically sound, and sustainable sanitation for everyone.

Other speakers include Arthur Wood (in social finance), Wai Cheong Yeong (in investment and private equity fund), Sam Parker (WSUP), and Julian Sandino (CH2M HILL).


Overcoming Roadblocks: Making Sanitation a Priority
Sanitation situation and trends in relation to the MDG targets for sanitation will be discussed, with special attention to the economics of sanitation. Country presentations will focus on overcoming barriers and constraints as well as improvements taking place.

Making Sanitation Happen through 3 I’s: Information, Institutions, and Incentives
What enabling conditions made sanitation possible? Did overcoming the sanitation roadblocks create the enabling environment? Or are enabling conditions prerequisite to overcoming barriers? A moderated panel discussion will respond to these questions.

Technology Options For Different Settings: Making Sanitation Effective
From proven, innovative and emerging technologies to community-based and decentralized wastewater treatment and sludge management systems, this session will present various sanitation technologies and their applications.

Making Sanitation Accessible, Viable and Sustainable
Focusing on accessibility, viability, and sustainability, this session will cover sanitation solution options on the citywide (investments, financing and cost recovery) and household (financing mechanisms and credit enhancement) levels.

Turning Waste into Opportunities
Wastewater management is not an investment dead-end. This two-panel session focuses on wastewater as both a resource and as an asset, with potential income and employment opportunities to be generated.

Strategic Partnerships: Making Sanitation Options Work Better
Private sector companies, donors and financing agencies, research organizations, NGOs and development partners will present their respective expertise, products, and services and potential contributions for identifying and implementing solution options.

Presentation of the Asia-Pacific Wastewater Management Revolution Approach
ADB will announce its support for an Asia-Pacific Wastewater Management Revolution and encourage development partners, governments, private sector, and civil society to take action in promoting wastewater management as an integral aspect of sanitation.

Making a Sanitation Revolution: A Business Case
Key drivers of a sanitation and wastewater management revolution will be the focus of discussion of three parallel sessions: Awareness and Advocacy, Knowledge and Technology, and Financing and Incentives.


The concurrent Ideas and Innovation Bazaar showcases sustainable sanitation solutions and wastewater management designs and technologies.

The exhibitors are:

  • Ayala land
  • K-Water
  • Manila Water Company
  • Maynilad Water Services, Inc.
  • Sulabh International
  • World Health Organization