Financial expert attending a session on this matter at the Stockholm World Water Week welcomed the idea of a dedicated bank for WASH-projects. The details of such a bank were presented by the Dutch delegation. Senior advisor Dick van Ginhoven of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed that for his government the idea stage is already past and the establishment of a national water bank is imminent in Kenya. The session took place on 27 August and was organized by the British Department for International Development (DFID), the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the World Bank, Unicef and WHO.
Dutch aid organisations that collaborate in the WASH Alliance International, announced at the Stockholm World Water Week to step up and accelerate the pace with which they realize new water supply and sanitation facilities in less developing countries.
Dutch non-governmental organisation IRC and the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) signed a partnership agreement to work together on the delivery of lasting WASH services in Africa. Both organisations will collaborate on sector learning, knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation and capacity. The agreement was signed at the Stockholm World Water Week on 25 August 2015.
Published by Jac van Tuijn Dutch water sector news - We have just five years to get the financing mechanisms right if we want to achieve universal access to water and sanitation by 2030. IRC's head innovation and international programme Catarina Fonseca issued this warning at a meeting on mobilising domestic finance for water, sanitation and hygiene. The meeting was held in the Hague, the Netherlands, on 3 June and was organised by IRC Wash in collaboration with NWP.
IRC's Stef Smits and Catarina Fonseca wrote a blog in Dutch on tax for water (Belasting voor Water!) as contribution to the online debate "Raising the Game" on finance for development organised by magazine Vice Versa.
SNV and IRC have been active in Bhutan in the Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene for All project, a capacity building approach, supporting local government to lead and accelerate progress towards district-wide sanitation coverage with a focus on institutional sustainability and learning. Work revolves around a number of specific components one of which is hygiene behaviour change communication. Currently a learning event, organised by SNV, IRC and the Ministry of Health, on this topic is underway in Paro, Bhutan. Apart from this activity, IRC is also involved in a study, which attempts to correlate changes in behaviour and the costs invested by the Bhutan government to bring about this change in Samtse district. This study will be conducted for the next two years. The results of this study will provide information to the government on what practices are worth replicating in other districts.
Ghana's Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing has urged stakeholders in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector to focus more on long-term sustainable service approach than the one-off project-based method.