Enhancing the Impact of Capacity Development Programs for Water and Sanitation Services in Asia

Publication | February 2024

Improving access to clean water and adequate sanitation is particularly crucial in Asia and the Pacific, where 1.5 billion people in rural areas and 600 million people in urban areas still lack water supply and proper sanitation infrastructure.

Key Points

  • This policy brief highlights the findings of the “ADBI–Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Leadership Capacity Development on City-Wide Inclusive Sanitation, Midterm Evaluation Report: 2020–2023.”
  • The brief sheds light on the importance of addressing water and sanitation sector challenges and the achievements of the ADBI–BMGF partnership.
  • The recommendations put forth aim to enhance the impact and effectiveness of future initiatives concerning water and sanitation. It is critical to prioritize the improvement of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) services and infrastructure to safeguard health.
  • The ADBI–BMGF partnership sought to integrate Citywide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS) principles into the planning and delivery of sanitation services, contributing to Sustainable Development Goals 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3.
  • The 3-year ADBI-BMGF partnership concluded in 2023, with outputs playing a vital role in promoting innovative and sustainable water and sanitation solutions in developing member countries.
  • Several recommendations were made to promote the impact of such activities by improving communication with local authorities, utilizing self-paced online learning, and enhancing participation selection criteria.

Additional Details

  • Health
  • Water