Catarina has 19 years of experience in development cooperation and 16 in the water supply and sanitation sector. She has pioneered sector development on the understanding of life-cycle costs and financing. She is part of the IRC management team, is Head of the International and Innovation Programme of IRC and is the Watershed: empowering citizens Director. Catarina has a passion for evidence and data in support of good governance (acknowledging it's a tough call).
2016 - present Director Watershed: empowering citizens
Watershed empowering citizens programme is a strategic partnership between the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, IRC, Simavi, Wetlands International and Akvo. Over the next five years, Watershed will deliver improvements in the governance and management of water, sanitation and hygiene services as well as of the water resources on which they draw. The programme will do this at the international level and in Kenya, Uganda, Mali, Ghana, Bangladesh and India by strengthening the capacity of national civil society to lobby government and other WASH duty bearers. This will lead to measurable improvements in the quality and sustainability of WASH services in these countries.
Through a series of interventions, from district to national level, the programme will ensure that evidence, knowledge and lessons from district-scale interventions in target countries are translated upwards to influence governance and policy at national, regional and international levels. Change in policy and practice will be achieved by evidence-based lobbying and advocacy by Watershed partner organisations and civil society organisations (CSOs) in the target countries. Recognising that national civil society capacity to engage in these issues is limited, Watershed, through its local partners, will invest in strengthening the capacity of CSOs to engage and participate in dialogue and dissent about governance and policy. To this end, the partnership will assess, develop and implement a suite of tools and approaches for building CSO capacity for evidence-based lobbying and advocacy. Sustainability of WASH services is the ultimate goal of Watershed, where water insecurity threatens or coincides with weak WASH services.
2012-present Head International Programme
The role of the International Programme is to ensure that the four goals of the IRC business plan 2012-2016 are reached. Namely:
Goal 1 Sector adoption of a service delivery approach: IRC is changing the sector's focus from provision of infrastructure to its effective use and management so that services last. IRC equips local governments and service providers with knowledge and tools to sustain the delivery of water and sanitation services. By conducting action research and influencing policy and decision makers, IRC improves reliability and sustainability.
Goal 2 Sector adoption of a learning and adaptive approach: A learning and adaptive approach is essential because climate, economies, demographics, and people's needs and expectations are constantly changing. Making services sustainable means identifying business, technological and financial models that work in the context of a country or region. The sector must continually adapt and innovate, or risk failure. IRC promotes learning, adoption and ownership of innovation for all stakeholders.
Goal 3 Improved aid effectiveness: Truly effective aid delivers more benefits with less waste. When aid is channelled through a country's sector budget and harmonised with national plans, with the government taking the lead, institutions can operate and maintain water and sanitation services into the future. IRC lobbies stakeholders to embrace the principles of aid effectiveness and supports governments' efforts to provide strong, clear leadership.
Goal 4 Improved inter-sectoral dialogue and planning alignment: IRC promotes learning and dialogue about the contextual issues of water resource management, climate change, WASH in schools and multiple-use systems for economic development – all of which are paramount in the post-MDG discussions. The desired result is integration of WASH planning and budgeting with energy, health, education and other sectors.
2008-2013 WASHCost Project Director
WASHCost, a five-year initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has worked with a team of over 100 sector professionals in four countries (Ghana, Burkina Faso, India and Mozambique) to identify the long-term costs of sustaining rural and peri-urban water and sanitation services.
WASHCost has embedded the concept of life-cycle costing with donors, national and local governments and NGOs, so that services continue to meet national standards reliably for generations.
2012-2013 Co-Chair JMP/WHO Post-2015 Water Working Group
Together with WaterAid, we have brought together a large group of experts and governments to reflect and review options for the future sustainable development framework that will replace the existing MDGs. Catarina has brought to this platform the experience of the WASHCost team in testing many of the proposed indicators for water, sanitation and hygiene at scale.
Catarina has been training sector senior professionals on finance and WASH for the last 10 years. Catarina is also part of technical support groups of several sector initiatives related with finance: Feasible, GLAAS, TrackFin, BATs, etc.
Catarina works mainly in Africa (Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Cape Verde, Ethiopia, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania) and Asia (India, Bangladesh) and provides advisory work for several governments, multilateral and bilateral agencies, foundations, development banks and other international organisations in all continents.
Before IRC, Catarina worked with a Portuguese NGO for three years on participatory approaches in urban slums with a gender and equity emphasis.
Catarina holds a PhD in Water Sciences (Cranfield University, UK), a MAs in Development Studies specialised in agriculture and rural development (International Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands) and was originally trained as an Economist (MSs, Lisboa School of Economics and Management, Technical University, Portugal).
Portuguese, English, Spanish, French and basic Dutch
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Snehalatha, M., Fonseca, C., Rahman, M., Uddin, R., Ahmed, M., Sharif, A.J.. 2015. School WASH programmes in Bangladesh : how much does it cost? : applying the life-cycle costs approach in selected upazilas. The Hague: IRC
McIntyre, P., Casella, D., Fonseca, C., and Burr, P. 2014. Priceless! Uncovering the real costs of water and sanitation. The Hague: IRC
Fonseca, C., Nyarko, K., Uandela, A. and Norman, G., 2014. Sustainable financing in Cross, P. and Coombes, Y., Sanitation and Hygiene in Africa: where do we stand? Analysis from the AfricaSan Conference, Kigali, Rwanda. London: IWA Publishing
Kayser, G., Moriarty, P., Fonseca, C. and Bartram, J., 2013. Domestic water service delivery indicators and frameworks for monitoring, evaluation, policy and planning: a review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 10 (10):4812-35
Burr, P. & Fonseca, C. 2013. Applying a life-cycle costs approach to water: Costs and service levels in rural and small town areas in Andhra Pradesh (India), Burkina Faso, Ghana and Mozambique. The Hague: IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.
Fonseca, C. et al. 2013. Financing capital maintenance of rural water supply systems : current practices and future options. The Hague: IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.
Schweitzer, R., Pezon, C., Pinjari, A., Fonseca, C. and Mihelcic, J. 2013. Household expenditure on water services: Financial and economic expenditures of rural and peri-urban households across socio-economic classes and seasons in Burkina Faso. The Hague: IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.
Fonseca, C. and Verhoeven, J. 2013. Conference Proceeding: Monitoring the finance needed for sustainable service delivery. The Hague: IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.
Trémolet, S., Cardone, R. and Fonseca, C. 2012. Investing in urban water and sanitation systems in Scalr, E., Volavka-Close, N. and Brown, P. The Urban Transformation: Health, Shelter and Climate Change. London: Routledge
Fonseca, C., Norman, G. and Jacimovic R. 2012. Financing water and sanitation for the poor: six key solutions. Discussion paper for the World Water Forum. London: WSUP Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor.
Jacimovic, R. and Fonseca, C., 2012. Budget tracking approaches in the WASH sector: methods, applicability and examples. Briefing Note for the Dutch Water Alliance.
Burr, P. and Fonseca, C., 2011. Applying the life-cycle costs approach to sanitation. The Hague: IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.
Fonseca, C., Franceys, R., et al., 2011. Life-Cycle Costs Approach: Costing sustainable services. The Hague: IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.
Fonseca, C., Dubé, A. and Verhoeven, J., 2011. Cost-based decision support tools for water and sanitation. The Hague: IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.
Schouten T., Fonseca, C., Lockwood, H. and Moriarty, P. 2011. Taking a service delivery approach to monitoring water supply in low income areas and implications for the Joint Monitoring Programme. Paper for the first Consultation on Developing post-2015 Indicators for Monitoring Drinking-Water and Sanitation. The Hague: IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.
Franceys, R., Naafs, A., Pezon, C. and Fonseca, C. 2011. The cost of capital: costs of financing capital expenditure for water and sanitation. WASHCost Briefing Note 1c. The Hague: IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.
Smits, S., Verhoeven, J., Moriarty, P., Fonseca, C. and Lockwood, H. 2011 Arrangements and cost of providing support to rural water service providers. WASHCost Working Paper 5. The Hague: IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.
Batchelor, C., Smits, S. and Fonseca, C. 2011. Life-Cycle costs of rainwater harvesting systems Occasional Paper 46. The Hague: IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.
Moriarty, P. Batchelor, C., Fonseca, C.et al. 2011. Ladders for assessing and costing water service delivery. WASHCost Working Paper 2. The Hague: IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.
Potter et al. 2011. Assessing sanitation service levels. WASHCost Working Paper 3. The Hague: IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.
Fonseca, C., Franceys, R. & Perry, C. 2010. Guidelines for user fees and cost recovery for rural non-networked water, sanitation delivery. Tunis: African Development Bank.
Singeling, M.,Claasen, F., Casella, D., Daalen van T., Fonseca, C.and Hallett, N. 2009. Smart finance solutions: examples of innovative financial mechanisms for water and sanitation. Amsterdam: KIT Publishers
Fonseca, C. and Minnigh P. 2009. Technology development vs capacity building. Crossfire article in Waterlines, Volume 28, Number 2, April 2009 , pp. 101-107(7). ITDG Publishing.
Fonseca, C, and Casella, D. 2008. Economics in Sustainable Water Management. Training manual and facilitators' guide. CapNet/GWP/EUWI
Fonseca, C. 2007. Quantifying the Cost of Delivering Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services: An overview of cost ranges and trends, Delft: IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.
Fonseca, C., Adank, M., Casella, D., Jeths, M., Linde, P. and Dijkshoorn, B. 2007. Microfinance for water and sanitation and hygiene: an introduction. Delft: Netherlands Water Partnership.
Fonseca, C. & Cardone, R. 2006. Cost estimates, Budgets, Aid and the Water Sector: What's going on? An analysis illustrated with data from 12 Sub-Saharan African countries. Leicestershire: WELL Resource Centre Network for Water, Sanitation and Environmental Health.
Cardone, R. and Fonseca, C. 2006. UN-Habitat report on the water sector in small urban centres: analysis of donor flows to water supply and sanitation services. Kenya: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Cardone, R. and Fonseca, C. 2006. Financing Facilities.Thematic Overview Paper. Delft: IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.
Fonseca, C. 2006 Microfinance for the water sector. WELL fact sheet. Leicestershire: WELL Resource Centre Network for Water, Sanitation and Environmental Health.
Fonseca, C. 2006 Microfinance for sanitation. WELL fact sheet. Leicestershire: WELL Resource Centre Network for Water, Sanitation and Environmental Health.
Fonseca, C. 2006. Financiar o sector da água. Interface Utilities, Lisbon, Portugal: Grupo Algébrica.
Le Borgne, E and Fonseca, C. 2006. Financing Guide for West Africa for ECOWAS, Burkina Faso.
Fonseca, C. and Moriarty, P. 2006. WASH scenarios for 2015: A trends analysis paper. IRC Occasional Paper Series 41. Delft: IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.
Fonseca, C. & Cardone, R. 2005. Analysis of cost estimates and funding available for achieving the MDG targets for water and sanitation. Leicestershire: WELL Resource Centre Network for Water, Sanitation and Environmental Health.
Fonseca, C., van Dijk, M.P. and Cardone, R. 2005. Financing the Water Sector. Waterlines, Volume 24, Number 2, October 2005, ITDG Publishing.
Fonseca, C. 2005. Local pro-poor financing mechanisms to meet the water supply Millennium Development target 10. Water Economics Conference at Rethymno University, Crete, Greece
Fonseca, C., Franceys, R. and Schouten, M., 2005. Plugging the Leak: Can Europeans find new sources of funding to fill the MDG water and sanitation gap? Occasional Paper Series 39. Delft: IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.
Fonseca, C. 2005. Reforma da estrutura tarifária dos SAAS de Santiago, Cabo Verde. IRC report for Austrian Development Cooperation.
Moriarty, P., Fonseca, C., Smits, S. and Schouten, T. 2005. Background Paper for the Symposium: Learning Alliances for scaling up innovative approaches in the Water and Sanitation sector. Delft: IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.
Fonseca, C. 2005. Planning for sustainable cost recovery in community managed water supply and sanitation. Delft: IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.
Agbenorheri, M. and Fonseca, C. 2004. Effective financing mechanisms at local level for pro-poor water supply and sanitation. Leicestershire: WELL Resource Centre Network for Water, Sanitation and Environmental Health.
Fonseca, C. and Cardone, R. 2004. Will it cost the earth? An overview of cost estimates for achieving the water and sanitation targets of the Millennium Development Goals. Leicestershire: WELL Resource Centre Network for Water, Sanitation and Environmental Health.
Fonseca, C., Franceys, R. and Schouten, M. 2004. Study on the modalities for a Global Initiative to finance access to water and sanitation for the King Baudouin Foundation
Fonseca, C. 2004. Towards a strategic plan for CFPAS – Centro de Formacao Profissional de Agua e Saneamento. Final Report. June 2004. Maputo, Mozambique
Kouassi-Komlan, E. and Fonseca, C. 2004. Microfinance for water and sanitation in West Africa. 30th WEDC International Conference, Vientiane, Lao PDR.
Cardone, R. & Fonseca, C. 2003. Financing and Cost Recovery. Thematic Overview Paper. Delft: IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.
Fonseca, C. 2003. Scaling up Community Management: Challenges and Opportunities 29th WEDC International Conference Harvey, P. (Ed), WEDC, Loughborough University, Environmental Sanitation and Water Services: Towards the Millennium Development Goals Abuja, Nigeria
Fonseca, C. and Nijru, C. 2003. Financing and cost recovery: What happens after construction? 29th WEDC International Conference Harvey, P. (Ed), WEDC, Loughborough University, Environmental Sanitation and Water Services: Towards the Millennium Development Goals Abuja, Nigeria
Fonseca, C. 2003. Cost recovery: taking into account the poorest and systems sustainability. Presented at the International Congress "Watershed Management for Water Supply Systems", New York, USA
Fonseca, C. 2003. Thematic group meeting report Water is Affordable: Taking into Account the Poorest and Systems Sustainability, Delft, The Netherlands.
Fonseca, C. and Bolt, E. 2002. How to Support Community Management of Water Supplies: Guidelines for managers Delft: IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.
Bolt, E. and Fonseca, C. 2001. Keep It Working: a field manual to support community management of rural water supply. Delft: IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.
Fonseca, C. 2000. Community management: The way forward – report of the international workshop, December 2000, Rockanje, the Netherlands
Fonseca, C. 1999. Le rôle de la femme dans les projects de développement local financés par le FEDER for EU-DG XVI.
Costa, M. and Fonseca, C. 1998. Female participation in Portugal: Particularities and Contradictions. 7th Conference of the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFE) – Out of the Margin 2 -, University of Amsterdam
Fonseca, C. 1998. How do public interest groups survive: the case of the environmental organisation GEOTA 1st Portuguese Congress of Economic Sociology, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal