PARTNERSHIPS TO FACILITATE IMPROVED FINANCING FOR WATER AND SANITATION: CAMBODIAN CASE STUDY
This presentation introduces an innovative pilot project of the WaterSHED (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Enterprise Development) Asia program in rural Cambodia, detailing specific contexts where microfinance may be used to improve the scalability of water and sanitation (WASH) products at the household level.
The WaterSHED program is a public-private partnership supported by the US Agency for International Development and managed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. To improve latrine access, WaterSHED has established partnerships with three local microfinance institutions (MFIs), through which working capital loans are being offered to latrine producers, and Savings for Latrines accounts have been made available to rural households.
This innovative pilot project provides key lessons for practitioners and the development community about new and effective financing approaches to secure pro-poor WASH solutions. Based on the initial implementation of this program, the following presentation examines the key criteria required to facilitate effective partnerships between MFIs, WASH service providers, and target communities.
Likewise, the presentation evaluates the benefits and challenges (financial, operational and health-related, among others) associated with such partnerships, along with key recommendations and lessons-learned to promote their replication elsewhere.