Improvements to Madagascar's water distribution system have helped strengthen the island's water security. Photo credit: Tsilavo Rapiera/WADA

Ella Lazarte and Barbara Kazimbaya-Senkwe on How Improved Financing Enhances Water and Sanitation Service Delivery

Pipes, treatment plants, and other infrastructure are key pieces of any well-functioning water supply system. But good governance and, the topic of today’s podcast—financing—are just as important as infrastructure to guarantee the successful delivery of water and sanitation services.

The World Bank estimates that $114 billion per year of capital investment will be required to provide universal access to safely managed water and sanitation services by 2030—about three times the current investment levels. And while seven of every 10 countries say they’ve identified an approach for extending WASH infrastructure and services to low-income populations, eight of every 10 countries also say they don’t have enough funding to reach those goals.

How can better financing help extend water and sanitation services to those most in need? To answer that question, Global Waters Radio speaks with two experts: Ella Lazarte, Senior Water and Sanitation Advisor at USAID, and Barbara Kazimbaya-Senkwe, Global Knowledge Management and Communications Lead with the USAID-supported Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Finance program.

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