WaterLinks participation to the Gates Foundation event
On February 26, 2018, Mai Flor, WaterLinks Executive Director, participated in an exposure tour program to highlight innovations in fecal sludge management (FSM) in the Philippines. The program, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) twinning program, brought 14 delegates from India and Nepal to Manila and Dumaguete to see best practices. During the opening event, Ms. Flor presented the methodology used by WaterLinks for twinning between donor and recipient utilities. The BMGF twinning program is designed to advance the knowledge and expertise of FSM professionals and their organizations through exposure visits to successful FSM programs and lessons learned in other countries. The program will develop a platform and initiate actions to encourage knowledge-sharing within and among countries while creating opportunities for FSM professionals to network and foster development of long-term twinning relationships between organizations and utilities. The program is exploring partnership opportunities with WaterLinks to leverage its considerable experience in twinning for building FSM capacity throughout South Asia. Phase 1 of the program will last until June 2019.