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Improving Hygience Awareness and Sanitation - Findings and Recommendatios for Development Banks


The central objective of the International Year of Sanitation was to put the global community on track to achieve the MDG sanitation target. The year was successful in increasing awareness and commitment and mobilizing governments. However, one year later, it is still difficult to keep sanitation high on the agenda, while practical action is required to encourage demand driven and sustainable solutions. With the support of the German Ministry for Development and Cooperation and together with the European Investment Bank EIB and the French Development Agency AFD, KfW organised a two day Symposium to specifically address ways in which financing institutions can better promote the achievement of the MDG sanitation target.


The Financing Sanitation Symposium took place on the 8th and 9th October 2009 in the KfW headquarters in Frankfurt. More than 70 experts from various backgrounds explored the challenges of sanitation and discussed ways to further develop innovative financing mechanisms for improved hygiene, sanitation and wastewater management in low-income countries. Four thematic areas were tackled by detailed background papers, presentations and highlevel open floor discussions. The Symposium was very results-oriented and led to the

formulation of some general recommendations as well as of specific recommendations in each of the sessions.

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