As2018_Panel Discussion-SCALING UP DRINKING WATER SAFETY

Published in  2018-06-19 10:08:35       

PANEL DISCUSSION


Date: Wednesday 4th July 2018


Time: 16:15-17:15


Room: Juying Ballroom in Friendship Palace


INTEGRATING POLICY, SYSTEMS STRENGTHENING, RESEARCH AND HARMONIZED SERVICE DELIVERY FOR SCALING UP DRINKING WATER SAFETY - LESSONS FROM BANGLADESH


Organizers: Government of Bangladesh, UNICEF Bangladesh, KTH Royal Institute of Technology


Panelists: tbd


Although Bangladesh has made progress towards achieving its goal of access to improved water supply, significant challenges remain in terms of quality and sustainability of the drinking water sources. About 65% of the population lack access to drinking water that is arsenic safe and free from microbial contamination. The challenges are both geogenic and man-made. Naturally occurring arsenic, the environmental vulnerability of Bangladesh, inadequate prioritization of arsenic prone areas, high dependence on unskilled local drillers, and absence of harmonized sector wide approaches to arsenic mitigation and drinking water safety.  The Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Development Plan (2011 -2025) identifies the inability to  scale up successful individual projects as the root challenge to achieving universal drinking water safety in Bangladesh. Bangladesh under the auspices of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and Cooperatives and its lead agencies are supporting an integrated approach between strengthening the enabling environment and sustainable service delivery to facilitate the required harmonization and scaling up.


This panel will discuss the strategies and steps the Government of Bangladesh has taken to address its drinking water safety challenges under the auspices of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (DPHE and Policy Support Branch) in partnership with development partners, research institutions, non-governmental organization and the private sector.   These strategies include strengthened sector coordination, operational research and development, harmonized common approach to sector coordination,, drinking water safety planning and increased investment in arsenic prone areas. 

Key questions that the panel will try to address include:

(1) What potential impact does strengthening sector coordination and reactivating sectoral thematic groups have on strengthening systems and scaling up drinking water safety


(2) Does the DPHE-UNICEF Arsenic Safe Union Approach address the key challenges of elite capture, poor prioritization of arsenic prone areas, safety and sustainability of water sources?  
  

(3)  How can the Government of Bangladesh implement a sector wide approach to planning and intervening in arsenic prone areas?


(4) How can government and the private sector complement each other more effectively in the provision of safe drinking water across the country?


(5) How can the lessons learnt from Bangladesh be disseminated for replication in other countries?