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Issue 50: ADB Water for All: Exploring Asia’s Sanitation Market (April 2011)

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Issue 50, April 2011
Exploring Asia’s Sanitation Market
Asia’s sanitation market is huge. How big? Consider: 72% of the 2.6 billion people globally who do not use improved sanitation facilities live in Asia; 73% of the 1.1 billion people still practicing open defecation are in Asia; and up to 85% of Asia’s wastewater is discharged untreated, polluting scarce water resources. Recognizing the market potential, ADB is organizing a Sanitation Dialogue with development partners on 23-25 May in Manila, Philippines with the theme “Making Sanitation a Sustainable Business.” This issue of Water for All news zeroes in on Asia’s sanitation and wastewater management market and the opportunities for investments and partnerships it offers to achieve sanitation for all.

Champion of Reform

Dr. Kamal Kar championed Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), an approach that has empowered communities in more than 43 countries to become open defecation free. He also founded the CLTS Foundation and published a Hand Book and Trainers Guide used by practitioners worldwide. In this interview, Kamal talks about the spread of CLTS, the challenges to its implementation, and its achievements in defeating open defecation.



Revolutionizing Wastewater Management in the Asia-Pacific

Wastewater is not an investment dead end; it is a resource with a huge market potential in Asia. But does the region have what it takes to start a wastewater management revolution?


India: Gender-Sensitive Sustainable Sanitation in Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh women refused to accept their toilet-less fate. They formed groups, accessed loans to build latrines for their homes, and brought sustainable sanitation to their communities.


Viet Nam: Customizing Sanitation Solutions for Kieu Ky Commune

An ADB-government-NGO partnership built a wastewater treatment facility for peri-urban Kieu Ky. Can the new facility effectively treat wastewater from the town’s crafts industry?


ADB, partners to drum up Asia’s sanitation business
Asia’s sanitation market will be tabled at the “2nd ADB and Partners Sanitation Dialogue: Making Sanitation a Sustainable Business” on 23-25 May in Manila, Philippines. ADB, public and private sectors, donor agencies, and nongovernment organizations will explore solutions, investment opportunities, and options for an Asia-Pacific wastewater management revolution.

ADB walks Pasig River’s banks on World Water Day
On World Water Day, ADB organized a walking tour of a once-polluted Pasig River tributary. In line with the theme “Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge,” the tour showcased results achieved by a community–private sector–government partnership. Watch video
Georgia: ADB $500 million to improve services in growing towns
A US$500 million ADB loan will improve water and sanitation services in Georgia’s expanding secondary towns. The investment program supports the country’s long-term sector development plan to provide reliable safe water and sanitation services to all urban residents by 2020. About the project
Indonesia: Workshop helps to improve river basin leadership skills
Participants from 25 river basins reviewed leadership across and within organizations and leadership skills in a workshop on 5-6 April in Solo. The Network of Asian River Basin Organizations (NARBO) organized the workshop in line with its new action program. About NARBO

Nepal: Study evaluates user groups’ potential for managing irrigation
Nepal’s irrigation systems suffer from underperformance, especially because of the poor linkages between irrigation and agriculture. A pilot project complementing ADB’s Community Managed Irrigated Agriculture Sector Project (CMIASP) evaluated the potential of multifunctional water users associations in managing irrigation systems. Read the completion report [ PDF ] | More pilot projects
Pakistan: ADB to extend US$650 million to rebuild flood damaged infrastructure
US$650 million in loans from ADB will help Pakistan rebuild vital infrastructure destroyed during last year’s floods. The loans will be used to reconstruct roads and bridges to safer, higher standards and upgrade flood protection embankments and other drainage infrastructure.
Viet Nam: ADB, France to help complete key southern water project
A US$60 million ADB supplementary loan and US$25 million in cofinancing from Agence Française de Développement (AFD) will complete the Phuoc Hoa Water Resources Project in Viet Nam. ADB and AFD had initially pledged a combined $124 million for the initiative.


Knowledge Products
Guidance Note: Urban Water Supply Sector Risk Assessment
Guidance Note: Urban Water Supply Sector Risk Assessment
The urban water supply sector is vulnerable to a broad range of risks. This guidance note aims to explain key sector features of urban water supply and identify entry points for mapping governance risks. Download PDF | More books
Expanding Water Supply and Sanitation Coverage through Output-Based Aid
Expanding Water Supply and Sanitation Coverage through Output-Based Aid
ADB is set to undertake its first output-based aid initiative. Will it prove to be the right modality for Nepal’s small towns and their water supply and sanitation concerns? More articles

23-25 May Making Sanitation a Sustainable Business: 2nd ADB and Partners Sanitation Dialogue (Manila, Philippines)
25-28 May Conference on Decentralised Wastewater Treatment Systems (DEWATS) for Urban Environments in Asia (Manila, Philippines)
20 – 22 June NARBO IWRM Executive Retreat on Leadership in River Basins (Malang, Indonesia)
22 – 24 June International Seminar on Corporate River Basin Organizations in Asia(Malang, Indonesia)

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