Meeting of Senior Finance Ministry Officials
to Discuss Decision-making for WaSH
sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
In 2013, the Water Institute and UNC’s Global Research Institute hosted civil servants from the Ministry of Finance in six African countries (Nigeria, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Liberia and South Sudan) to learn about WaSH decision making, particularly in Ministries of Finance. Our work with these government staffers helped to identify a perceived weakness of the WaSH sector as a hurdle to securing investment, particularly in regards to fragmentation, a lack of descriptive data, weak adsorptive capacity, a poor record of sustainability, and inability to track and demonstrate progress.
The meeting was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It provided insights into decision making within Finance Ministries that are already being made use of within the SWA partnership. The results of the meeting are summarized in a policy brief, which was designed specifically for submission to the Sanitation and Water for All Steering Committee.