IRC Event: Why we need to make public finance 'sexy'! 12th Nov 2014


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IRC Event: Why we need to make public finance 'sexy'! 12th Nov 2014

Save the date for the next IRC event: 'The role of public finance for reaching scale and sustainable water and sanitation services'

: 12th November, 4:30 - 7:30 PM followed by drinks.
Where: At the venue 7AM (Buitenhof 47, 2513 AH The Hague)

Public finance - money derived from taxation- is critical for achieving water, sanitation and hygiene for everyone forever. But how do we get governments to prioritise it? What should (and shouldn't) it be used for?
How can public finance be used effectively together with philanthropy/aid and private finance with the aim to support sustainable services at scale?
Revenue overview of Sunyani West district Ghana

This event will discuss how public and private finance should not be seen as opposing solutions, but rather as two complementary pieces of the same puzzle in the water and sanitation sector. Speakers interventions will support our understanding of how public finance for basic services like water and sanitation requires us to take account of national processes (e.g. budget allocations to WASH) as well as of local processes (e.g. municipal tax systems) and the processes of fiscal decentralisation which are essential for effective involvement of local government in basic services delivery, now and in the future.

This event pre-empts a broader question, important for many of us working in development: 'How to finance the Sustainable Development Goals?'

This event will be hosted by IRC and supported by the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and 7AM .

Join us and participate in the discussion around the role of public finance for reaching scale and sustainable water and sanitation services, and network with various people from NGOs/government/academia and private sector afterwards over drinks.

Key Speaker - Guy Norman, Head of Evaluation, Research and Learning at Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP)

Panelists include:

- Mr Eric Smaling, Member of Parliament for the SP (Socialistische Partij), spokesperson for Development Cooperation and Environment

- Sjef Ernes, Director Aqua for All

The programme and a complete list of the panelists will be published on our website soonest and shared with registered participants.

Read an informative piece on public finance by IRC as a prologue to the discussion

Save the date and register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for your presence at the event and to be kept informed about future events.

We hope to meet you on the 12th November in The Hague!
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