The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) Urban Sanitation Market Initiative: Citywide Inclusive Sanitation  (CWIS) Convening Program

WaterLinks recently concluded the facilitation of a ‘convening’ (learning event) for BMGF’s Urban Sanitation Markets Initiative from 10-14 December in Manila, Philippines.  This was a global event with 140 participants from 32 countries. It included BMGF grantees, partners, and associates to discuss and review the implementation of its Sanitation initiative and brainstorm the principles of the CWIS approach.

The week-long event was a mix of plenary panel sessions, poster presentations, workshops, small group discussion and field workshops at specially selected septage and sewage treatment facilities in Metro Manila and the neighboring province of Bulacan. The field workshops in Baliwag, Laguna Technopark, Veterans Village, and Olandes demonstrated Philippine good practices in the implementation of appropriate sanitation programs that take into account the needs of cities, regulatory structures, and institutional and governance arrangements.

The convening blended learning on regulatory approaches, community engagement, and gender mainstreaming in an effort to better understand the CWIS concept and methods of taking it to scale. Hopefully, this will enable BMGF to design a more strategic set of interventions and support for CWIS to become a game changer in Sanitation in the developing world.

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