The interactive ADBI-Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Roundtable on Sanitation and Development will convene from 20 – 21 April 2021, in collaboration with the Institute for Fiscal Studies to 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.
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.
- 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
- Policy makers, researchers, representatives from non-governmental organizations, development agencies, and the private sector, students, and interested members of the public
- 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
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Institute for Fiscal Studies