4 November at 7:00 New York | 12:00 Dakar | 15:00 Nairobi
The SWA Africa FMM will be co-convened by global partners UNICEF and the World Bank Water Global Practice, as well as regional partners the African Development Bank and African Ministers' Council on Water.
The objective of the SWA Africa FMM is to develop and strengthen partnerships with finance ministers in the region for smart investments in water, sanitation and hygiene. The meetings will underscore the crucial role of water, sanitation and hygiene to the African economy, population and environment during and after COVID-19, and will offer ministers practical avenues for financing the sector. Ministers and leaders from United Nations agencies, International Financial Institutions, civil society, private sector and research and learning have confirmed their participation in the Africa FMM. A list is being updated as confirmations are received.
The 2-hour SWA Africa FMM will be livestreamed and simultaneous translated in English, French and Spanish.
The SWA Africa FMM is preceded by a 2-month preparatory process thats will rely on multi-stakeholder dialogue at country level to ensure that finance and sector ministers are briefed and ready to actively participate in the FMM.
FINANCE AND SECTOR MINISTERS
Hon. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed
Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Nigeria
Hon. Mohamed Dhehby
Minister of Finance, Mauritanie
Hon. Mohamed Maait
Minister of Finance, Arab Republic of Egypt
Hon. Mthuli Ncube
Minister of Finance, Zimbabwe
Hon. Thabo Sophonea
Minister of Finance, Lesotho
Hon. Suleiman Adamu
Minister Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Nigeria
Hon. Yasir Abbas
Minister of Water, Sudan
Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah
Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Ghana
Hon. Nkaku Kabi
Minister of Water, Lesotho
Hon. Anxious Jongwe Masuka
Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement, Zimbabwe
Hon. Serigne Mbaye Thiam
Minister of water and sanitation, Senegal
Hon. Voahary Rakotovelomanantsoa
Minister of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Madagascar
Heads of United Nations agencies, International Financial Institutions, and organizations
Director of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene program, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Acting Administrator, USAID
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Dick van Ginhoven
Development Partner Relations, Water Finance Facility
Director, USAID Center for Water Security, Sanitation and Hygiene
Kitty van der Heijden
Director-General International Cooperation at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
Senior Water Advisor, UNDP
Deputy Director of Global Policy and Advocacy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Executive Director, WSSCC
Representative UN Women Freetown, Sierra Leone
Joris van Oppenraaij
Manager Operations, Water Finance Facility
Deputy Director, ILO
WASH Cluster Coordinator, UNICEF
Acting Executive Secretary, GWP
The Finance Ministers' Meeting preparatory process
Engage in a dedicated preparatory process to strengthen and catalyze in-country dialogues and actions, and prepare Ministers of Finance for their participation at the FMM.
African Region co-conveners
Financing water, sanitation and hygiene in Africa
Closing the financing gap can be achieved through a combination of measures, including maximizing the use of existing resources and mobilizing additional finance from taxes, tariffs and transfers. Although African countries are at different stages of socio-economic development and will have different political and governance arrangements that will be more or less conducive to different forms of financing, they all have something in common: the need to increase the prioritization of water, sanitation and hygiene in national plans and budgets, especially during a time of public health concerns.
Several African countries are implementing innovative policies that are already proving the positive impact of water, sanitation and hygiene investment. These case-studies are included in SWA’s Water & Sanitation: How to Make Public Investment Work - A Handbook for Finance Ministers.
Water and Sanitation - How to make public investment work
A Handbook for Finance Ministers
The FMM will also draw on practical financing approaches from the Finance Handbook. Watch videos below from countries in Africa that have successfully implemented innovative financing mechanisms.