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Published on: 13/10/2014

Public finance - money derived from taxation- is critical for achieving water, sanitation and hygiene for everyone forever. But how do we get governments to prioritise it? What should (and shouldn't) it be used for? 

How can public finance be used effectively together with philanthropy/aid and private finance with the aim to support sustainable services at scale? 

Revenue overview of Sunyani West district Ghana

This event will discuss how public and private finance should not be seen as opposing solutions, but rather as two complementary pieces of the same puzzle in the water and sanitation sector. Speakers interventions will support our understanding of how public finance for basic services like water and sanitation requires us to take account of national processes (e.g. budget allocations to WASH) as well as of local processes (e.g. municipal tax systems) and the processes of fiscal decentralisation which are essential for effective involvement of local government in basic services delivery, now and in the future.

This event pre-empts a broader question, important for many of us working in development: 'How to finance the Sustainable Development Goals?'

This event will be hosted by IRC and supported by the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and 7AM.

When: 12th November,16:30 - 19:30 PM, preceded by coffee tea and followed by drinks. The debate itself takes place from 17:00 to 18:30 sharp.
Where: At the venue 7AM (Buitenhof 47, 2513 AH  The Hague)

Join us and participate in the discussion around the role of public finance for reaching scale and sustainable water and sanitation services, and network with various people from NGOs/government/academia and private sector afterwards over drinks. 

Key Speaker - Guy Norman, Head of Evaluation, Research and Learning at Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP)

Panelists include:

- Sjef Ernes, Managing Director Aqua for All

- Katina Gikas, Co-founder, Water Tech Trading B.V.

- Pieter Walhof, Director and member of the Supervisory Board, PharmAcess Fund

Download the event programme 

Read an informative piece on public finance by IRC as a prologue to the discussion -

Public money keeps water flowing  -

Save the date and register at for your presence at the event and to be kept informed about future events. 

We hope to meet you on the 12th November in The Hague! 

About IRC Events 

IRC runs thematic events in The Hague, open to all interested parties. They aim to bring together professionals to network and discuss hot topics in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector. They are forward looking and multidisciplinary in nature presenting the latest thinking from governments, NGOs, private sector and academia.

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