Upcoming Webinar: How WASH Financing Facilities Can Close the Finance Gap for Universal Access

Visitors watch a man working at a water treatment in the Philippines. Photo credit: USAID Water Security for Resilient Economic Growth and Stability (Be Secure) Project

An estimated $114 billion annual financing gap is preventing countries from providing universal access to water and sanitation. How are countries going to fill this gap? As part of its effort to address this challenge, USAID’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Finance Project (WASH-FIN) reviewed the landscape of financing facilities designed to aggregate, leverage, and blend sources and uses of finance for WASH and other sectors. (View the landscape assessment.)

This webinar will share the key findings and lessons from this review, including how they are helping shape USAID WASH programming. It will highlight the specific example of the USAID-supported Philippine Water Revolving Fund (PWRF), which mobilized more than $200 million in blended finance to provide up to 6 million people in the Philippines with water supply and wastewater systems and is influencing the development of a national scheme to leverage both public and private financing in the WASH sector. 

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Ella Lazarte | USAID

Ella Lazarte Ella Lazarte is a Sr. Water and Sanitation Advisor in USAID’s Water Office, where she manages the USAID WASH-FIN project and the Women + Water Alliance (with Gap Inc). She also supports missions on WASH-related strategic planning, project design, implementation, and monitoring. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Economy at the University of California, Berkeley and a master's degree in Urban Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Sam Huston | USAID WASH-FIN Chief of Party

Sam HustonSam Huston is a water resources and infrastructure professional with expertise working in emerging markets and developing countries. He currently serves as Chief of Party for USAID's WASH-FIN project. Sam has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford, U.K.


Alma Porciuncula | USAID WASH-FIN Philippines Team Leader

Alma PorciunculaAlma Porciuncula is the Country Team Leader in the Philippines for USAID’s WASH-FIN project, where she leads the assistance to the Philippine government. She has over 20 years of experience managing programs involving urban infrastructure and sustainable water services in the Philippines, including seven years as Chief of Party for the USAID Philippine Water Revolving Fund Project (PWRF) and follow-on Program. Alma has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics and Master’s degree in Urban Planning, both from the University of the Philippines.



Stephen Sena | USAID WASH-FIN Deputy Chief of Party

Sam HustonStephen Sena is Deputy Chief of Party for the USAID Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Finance (WASH-FIN) activity where he provides technical oversight and managerial backstopping to WASH-FIN core and country level teams. He has over 15 years of experience in program management and technical assistance in finance and delivery of basic urban services, enterprise development, and local economic and community development in the U.S. and internationally. Stephen holds an M.B.A. from Brandeis International Business School in Massachusetts.



19 Mar 2019
8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
1 hour


WASH-FIN Project



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Ella Lazarte
Sam Huston
Alma Porciuncula
Stephen Sena (moderator)