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Max Foundation-IRC Event: Phase out strategies in the WASH sector

31st May 2017

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This event aims to inspire and inform participants from the WASH sector on different pathways towards sustainability and domestic resource mobilisation when aid ends. Speakers from different types of organisations will reflect on their approaches towards exiting, and lessons learnt. Also, the event is a great networking opportunity, welcoming participants from the public, private and NGO sector, as there are drinks after the event.

When aid to the WASH sector ends, those involved (donors, NGOs, partner governments) need to develop appropriate phasing out strategies. These need to focus on sustainability of service delivery and the mobilisation of domestic financial resources to avoid any financial gap. Pim van der Male, Kate Pearson and Patrick Moriarty speak about such strategies from the perspective of a donor, a NGO and a think-tank. Saskia Reus, founder and CEO of Africa Funded, will join the speakers in an interactive panel discussion.

"With 7 years of experience in early stage entrepreneurship in developing countries and impact investing, I am passionate to close the pioneering gap for promising ventures in developing countries," Saskia explains.

"Domestic resource mobilisation is key, but there is more to it," says Pim.

"Exit strategies: a bad idea from different times," according to Patrick

"Max Foundation's aim is not to stick around. We begin our interventions already thinking about how and when we will leave," says Kate.

Read the blogs about this event:  Exit, transition or phasing out? Perspectives from the WASH sector, Should I stay or should I go? and Eind goed, al goed (in Dutch). 

Watch the event video below


Programme May 31st, 2017

16:30 Informal Welcome: Coffee and tea/networking
17:00 Welcome Stef Smits, Senior Programme Officer IRC
17:10 Introduction to the programme and speakers by the moderator Femke Markus, Associate Partner at Spring Associates & Business Development Water at Max Foundation.
17:15 'It's (not) all about the money' -  Phase out strategies in WASH by Pim van der Male, Senior Policy Officer Water Management at DGIS, Foreign Affairs Ministry of The Netherlands.
17:30 'Roadmap to Sustainability:phase out strategies in the WASH sector ' by Kate Pearson, Director of Business Development and Partnerships at Max Foundation.
17:45 'Exit strategy? What exit strategy?' by Patrick Moriarty, CEO at IRC.
18:00 Moderated interactive panel discussion with interventions from the participants
18:30 Closing remarks
18:40 Invitation to drinks and networking

Background information


7AM, Buitenhof 47
2513 AH The Hague

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If you are unable to attend please share this invitation within your networks and organisation.

Phasing out Dutch bilateral aid

Recently, the Policy and Operations Evaluation Department (IOB) of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a critical evaluation on the impact of phasing out bilateral aid in a number of partner countries. The lessons learnt from this evaluation are important, as by 2020 Dutch bilateral aid to three more countries (Ghana, Kenya, and Indonesia) will end. These are all water partner countries of the Netherlands. It is thus incumbent on the Dutch WASH sector to think about strategies to sustain the results that have been achieved in decades of aid to the WASH sector in countries. Thought needs to be given to avoiding any financial gap. Domestic public finance will probably need to play an important role in this These are all issues also faced by NGOs, knowledge organisations and other players in the WASH sector when they end programmes and exit from a country or region. They need to carefully look at the role of local communities, and particularly local governments in this transition.

Speakers / panellists

Patrick MoriartyDr. Patrick Moriarty is IRC's CEO. He is a Civil Engineering by first degree and Water Resource Management expert. Patrick has over twenty years' experience on a broad range of issues around water, its management and its use in improving human wellbeing, predominantly in Africa and South Asia. Patrick's main area of interest is in how sector wide change processes can be ignited and supported to bring improved services (and more sustainable resource use) to a country's citizens. He finds the most professional satisfaction working in the messy interface between policy, applied research and practice.
Pim van der MalePim van der Male is a Senior Policy Officer Water Management, at DGIS Foreign Affairs Ministry. Human Geographer by trade, Pim has been working with organisations like SNV, UNFPA and UNDP in a range of countries (e.g. Papua New Guinea, Sudan and Tanzania). He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2005 and has been involved in the water sector for 7 years. Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) and results based management have been a common factor in his assignments; current focus is on programming for the new WASH strategy, recently approved by parliament. This revolves around SDG 6 and sustainability and involves focus on domestic resource mobilisation for WASH.
Kate PearsonKate Pearson joined the Max Foundation in April 2017 as Director of Business Development and Partnerships. She brings 20 years of experience in community-based, sustainable development in Africa, Asia and Latin America, working with various non-profit organisations like Wetlands International and Habitat for Humanity. She has specialised in resource and project development and organisational strengthening. She believes that Max Foundation's approach is the right one to tackle preventing child mortality in an effective and sustainable way.
Saskia ReusSaskia Reus is founder and CEO of Africa Funded and Business Partner of Aqua for All. She comes with 15 years corporate strategy experience. Saskia worked at The Boston Consulting Group and Strategy Department of Canon Europe. With her pragmatic, hands-on approach she inspires entrepreneurs to the next level and delivers tangible results, while working on closing the pioneering gap by providing tailor-made support for donors and investors with interest in supporting innovative entrepreneurs in emerging economies. Saskia Reus-Makkink has university degrees in Communication, Organization & Strategy and Development Studies.

About the Max Foundation

Max Foundation strives for a world where children no longer die from easily preventable diseases. We are a business-driven Dutch non-profit organization. We want to prevent child mortality in the most efficient and effective way.

We chose an integrated approach: we do not only work in the field of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), but also offer programs on safe motherhood and nutrition (HEALTH). We call these joined elements MAX-WASH. 

We have already reached over 1 million people with our projects. 



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