A Matter of Life: Investing in Sanitation

On April 19, the World Bank hosted an in-depth online conversation at their headquarters in Washington D.C. to discuss investing in sanitation. 

The panelists included:

  • United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson 
  • UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake
  • World Bank Group Vice President of Sustainable Development Rachel Kyte
  • American Standard Vice President Jim McHale

The panel focused on the economics and politics of sanitation. According to the panelists, not only does access to safe, clean sanitation improve people’s health and livelihoods, but it is economically sound. Lack of access to improved sanitation costs countries up to 7 percent of GDP. The audience, comprised of global decision-makers and practitioners in the field, asked key questions, driving the discussion around project and country-specific contexts. 

Watch the full recording and tell us what you think in the comments below.

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