The focus of next year’s AGUASAN Workshop will be on the service providers that take an inclusive business approach and drive the advancement of the HRTWS. We will analyse their motivation, challenges and opportunities and how they can be supported in being more inclusive and financially viable. Because the barriers for upscaling are in many cases beyond the business’ scope, we will adopt a systemic perspective and also discuss the enabling and disabling factors of the HRTWS ecosystem.
We will tackle the topic by looking at practical insights from the field and by working on case studies. The participants constitute the main knowledge resource for the event by bringing in their insights, expertise and topic-related questions. They will be supported by a team of facilitators and interactive formats to share experiences and leave the event with concrete learnings as well as strengthened professional ties. The accompanying announcement outlines the focus and the features of the workshop in more detail.
If you are interested in attending the workshop, please complete the online application form by January 31st 2019. If you wish to forward this information to colleagues and partner organisations, please feel free to do so. Since we need to limit the number of participants to optimise the working environment, the applications will undergo a selection procedure. A well-balanced mix of participants – regarding their expertise, gender, their thematic, organisational and geographic backgrounds – is aimed at, whilst ensuring that communication in English can be achieved. Six junior water professionals that are leading inclusive business approaches for the promotion of the HRTWS will be sponsored to participate in the AGUASAN Workshop. Please also forward the call for case studies to potential junior water professionals or relevant networks.
The Global Solutions Summit 2019 will convene on May 13, 2019 at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The theme of this year’s Summit is “Building A More Effective and Efficient Ecosystem for Scaling Technology Deployment for the SDGs.”
The guiding philosophy behind GSS 2019 is as follows: Technology deployment does not happen automatically. Nor does it take place in a vacuum. It requires an effective and efficient deployment ecosystem – one that empowers all key players in the deployment process to find each other and join forces. In some locales, essential pieces of this deployment ecosystem are missing entirely. In other locales, many of the constituent elements of a vibrant and effective deployment ecosystem already exist, but they are fragmented and disconnected. In either case, the net effect is the same — deployment efforts to implement the SDGs are less scalable and effective than they would be if potential partners could join forces and operate within a more coherent deployment ecosystem. GSS 2019 will discuss specific programs that multilateral and bilateral development agencies, national and local governments, social enterprises and the private sector can implement to create a stronger and more vibrant local deployment ecosystem.
Registration is free.
For the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to succeed more financing must be unlocked. The developing world alone faces an annual investment gap of approximately $2.5 trillion dollars.
With traditional development aid from public and philanthropic sources increasing modestly, blended finance is being looked at as the solution to unlocking capital for the SDGs. By using catalytic capital from public and philanthropic sources, to crowd-in private sector investment in developing countries, blended finance has the potential to result in as much as a ten-fold increase in investment. The SDGs also present a large investment opportunity for the private sector, who can seek attractive returns by investing in well-structured blended finance transactions on the right terms. Based on our data, blended finance has already mobilized over $125 billion of capital towards sustainable development in developing countries.
For blended finance to make a material difference towards the SDGs, diverse stakeholders such as commercial investors, development agencies, impact investors, philanthropic foundations and development finance institutions, must develop a strong understanding of both the theory and practice behind this collaborative approach. As the global network for blended finance, Convergence has unique insights on each stakeholder and the various factors that unlock their participation. In designing this training program, we have leveraged our experience, data, and network to create a practical and actionable blended finance training curriculum.