The Eastern and Southern Africa Leadership Summit on WASH, hosted by the World Bank and the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Ethiopia, will take place in Addis Ababa on November 14 and 15, 2023. It will build on previous discussions and advance the dialogue on country plans to accelerate access to WASH. The summit will also provide an opportunity for in-depth discussions to understand the implications of implementing systems change and serve as an interactive platform for stakeholders such as water sector ministers, finance ministers, development partners, and private sector leaders to discuss opportunities for collaboration.
The two-day event will focus primarily on Private Capital Enabling and Mobilization. It will promote critical, tangible inputs on strategies, actions, and policy reforms to boost private sector financing and participation. This event will help identify and seize opportunities to increase private and public funding and implement the necessary sector reforms to serve all Eastern and Southern African residents still lacking access to WASH. Discussions at the Summit will center around three strategic actions of systems change:
- Policy and institutional reforms that promote efficient use of public and private resources
- Investments that are pivotal for the transformation of the water sector
- Country and regional platforms for collaboration