An Unlikely Pair? Commercial Finance Partnerships for Water and Sanitation

In this webinar, USAID’s WASH-FIN shared its experience and lessons from its multi-year programming in Cambodia, Kenya, the Philippines, Senegal, and Zambia to discuss where commercial finance can play an important role in closing sector financing gaps. Representatives from USAID/Washington, WASH-FIN, water and sanitation service (WSS) providers, and financing partners discussed the relationships facilitated between the perhaps unlikely pairs of financial institutions and WSS providers in Cambodia and Senegal, as well as Results Based Financing, which “sweetened” such partnerships in Kenya and the Philippines. Over two panels in two hours, the webinar presented multiple perspectives and revealed important information for future programming in WASH finance.

Speaker names, very brief bios, titles, and locations:


  • Ella Lazarte, Senior Water and Sanitation Advisor, Center for Water, Sanitation, Security and Hygiene, USAID
  • Nguon Sivpheng, General Manager, Kampong Chamlong Water Supply, Cambodia
  • Duong Kimlang, Head of Liabilities, Philip Bank, Cambodia     
  • Lena Tall Faye, Co-Founder and Owner, DELTA SA, Senegal    
  • Idrissa Wone, Senior Investment Officer, Investisseurs & Partenaires, Senegal
  • David Kamau Gathago, Managing Director, Mathira Water and and Sanitation Company, Kenya 
  • Noel Kodhe, Head Of Sector - Energy, Water & Natural Resources at Co-operative Bank of Kenya, Kenya
  • Sumbi M Shimwambwa, Global Performance Improvement Specialist, Tetra Tech, Zambia
  • Kelvin Chitumbo, Managing Director, National Water Supply and Sanitation Council, Zambia


  • Alyssa Boyer, Chief of Party, USAID’s WASH-FIN
  • Barbara Kazimbaya Senkwe, Senior WASH Governance Advisor, USAID’s WASH-FIN 

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