OLS#13

Extending Access to Sanitation Services to Informal Settlements

OLS-13 - Extending access to sanitation services to informal settlements

There are no easy answers to extending water and sanitation services to informal and often high-density settlements. The expert panelists in this webinar will discuss their lessons learned and suggestions for how to overcome this major challenge.

Host

Barika Poole, OLS Manager & Facilitator – ROCKBlue

Barika is the founder and president of BRP Consulting, Inc., an engineering consulting services firm specializing in water resources management, supply design, technical analysis and training. From 2020 to 2021, she served as executive director of SPOUTS, a Uganda-based NGO that provides access to safe, clean drinking water through ceramic water filter technology. For 12 years, she was a water resources project manager with CDM Smith, a leading global engineering and construction consulting firm. A professional engineer with nearly 20 years of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) experience, she has worked with municipalities, government agencies and private sector clients.

Panelists

Isabel Blackett, Independent Consultant – Inclusive Sanitation in Practice

Isabel worked with the Government of Lesotho for five years. This included developing its urban sanitation, pit emptying, and sludge treatment programs.

From 1990 to 2005 she worked on urban sanitation projects. This involved fecal sludge management, and sludge treatment in East and Southern Africa, South East Asia, and China. She worked for UNICEF, DFID, NORAD, DANIDA, EAWAG, and various consultants.

In 2005 Isabel started work for the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program in East Asia. She collaborated with Government partners to develop pro-poor urban sanitation programs. These were in Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and recently in Pacific Island countries and South Asia. She left the World Bank in December 2016 and has worked as a consultant since. She has a Master’s degree at the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC).

Eden Mati, Kenya Country Manager – Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) 

Eden Mati-Mwangi currently serves as the Kenya Country Manager for Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP). Prior to that she worked as a Programme Officer in Urban Investments for the Water Sector Trust Fund and an Assistant Projects Engineer for GIZ. She received her Bachelors in Civil Engineering and Masters in Project Planning & Management, both from the University of Nairobi. Eden is passionate about enabling-environment and market-based programmes, as well as supporting water & sanitation utilities and enterprises to thrive.

Priscillah Oluoch, Head of Sanitation and Programs – Malindi Water and Sewerage Company Ltd.

Priscillah Oluoch is the Head of Sanitation and Programs at Malindi Water and Sewerage Company Ltd. in Kenya, where she has worked for over 16 years. She has championed Malindi’s aspiration of achieving universal access to sanitation and serves as the Coordinator of the Steering Committee comprising 14 different government bodies, civil service organizations, and the private sector to develop city-wide investment and action plans for the urban and peri urban areas of Malindi. In addition she successfully took the lead as the utility innovator in a consortium of development partners towards approval of the just concluded ‘We TRANSFORM Sanitation Challenge’. Priscillah holds a Bachelors of Development Studies Degree from Mount Kenya University, and a Masters Degree in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi.

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