ADBI-Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Roundtable on Sanitation and Development

Event | 20 - 21 April 2021
Online

Time of event

Day 1: 09:00–10:30 Tokyo time
Day 2: 19:00–20:30 Tokyo time

Summary

Sanitation gaps are a global problem that continue to affect large segments of developing Asia and the Pacific, despite the considerable progress of efforts to address it in recent decades. The COVID-19 crisis has further increased the importance of improving inclusive sanitation access and the lives of targeted users, especially across poor areas and vulnerable groups.

This interactive ADBI-Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation roundtable, organized in collaboration with the Institute for Fiscal Studies, will be moderated by an experienced TV presenter and assess the outlook for sanitation services delivery, financing, and its socioeconomic impacts in the region via a TV show format suitable for a mainstream, non-technical audience.

Objectives
  • Examine outstanding challenges to clean water and sanitation access in developing Asia and the Pacific
  • Identify evidence-based solutions for accelerating inclusive and sustainable sanitation delivery in underserved areas of the region
  • Highlight the potential socioeconomic impacts of greater sanitation development, with a focus on public health, education, gender equality, employment, and migration
Participants
  • Policy makers, researchers, representatives from non-governmental organizations, development agencies, and the private sector, students, and interested members of the public
Output
  • Enhanced understanding of Asia and the Pacific’s sanitation development and viable and inclusive policy solutions moving forward
  • Greater impetus for sanitation policy research, dialogue, and collaboration between stakeholders
  • Webinar recording to be uploaded on ADBI website
  • ADBI policy brief based on the outcomes of the roundtable
  • Policy messages from the event will inform the Kumamoto Summit in April 2022, to be hosted by the Asia Pacific Water Forum
Partner
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Institute for Fiscal Studies
Conference Presentations

Presentation 1: Health, Environment, and Spillover Effects in Sanitation: Lessons from Rural India
Emily Pakhtigian, Pennsylvania State University

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Presentation 2: Improving ECD in Rural Ghana Through Scalable Community-Run Play Schemes
Orazio Attanasio, Yale University

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Presentation 3: Improved Sanitation and Long-run Human Capital Impacts
Jennifer Orgill-Meyer, Franklin & Marshall College

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Presentation 5: Sanitation Financing Challenges
Michael Bennon, Stanford University

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Presentation 6: Household Finance for Sanitation: Lessons from India
Bansi Malde, IFS

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Presentation 7: Challenges in Sanitation Finance and Delivery
Laura Abramovsky, IFS

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Presentation 8: Service Delivery and Technology: Improving Infrastructure in Developing Cities
Alex Armand, IFS

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