Phase out strategies in the WASH sector

Different pathways towards sustainability and public finance mobilisation

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.

These and other questions related to exit strategies in the WASH sector will be dealt with during an upcoming event on May 31st, organised by IRC and Max Foundation with keynote speaker Pim van der Male - Senior Policy Officer WASH at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands. The 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 organisation 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.

17:00-19:30 hrs

7AM, Buitenhof 47
2513 AH The Hague

More information about the programme and other key speakers follows soon! Early bird registration? Click here to register!


For more information, please contact:

Stef Smits:
Vera van der Grift:

Max Foundation
Kate Pearson:
Linda Verbruggen-Lap:

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