Feb 08, 2024

Climate change and WASH webinar series:

COP28 in Context: Insights on WASH Financing

The e-MFP WASH Action Group is excited to continue its Climate Change and WASH webinar series, this time featuring a post-COP28 'stocktake' on the Conference's implications for WASH financing. We have invited UNICEF's Mr. Jorge Alvarez-Sala, a career-WASH specialist, to outline what COP28 means for WASH financing broadly, as well as UNICEF's WASH financing projects. To complement this, we will also welcome Dr. Max Wengawenga, Deputy Director of Policy and Planning in the Ministry of Water and Sanitation in Malawi, to talk about Malawi's Climate Resilient WASH Financing Strategy, designed and implemented together with UNICEF. Moderation will be by Dr. Mónica A. Altamirano de Jong, Director of Climate Impact at WaterEquity.

The case study on Malawi will help identify the challenges, nuances, and areas of potential in the WASH financing framework. There will be ample time for discussion and Q&A, for such a timely and evolving topic.


  • Dr Max John Wengawenga is a Deputy Director of Policy and Planning in the Ministry of Water and Sanitation in Malawi with a 20 year career in the civil service which included overseeing the development of Malawi's Climate Resilient WASH Financing Strategy, supporting the sector to unlock financial resources for implementing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene projects in Malawi. See LinkedIn profile

  • Jorge Alvarez-Sala is a water and sanitation specialist with over 20 years of international experience in the sector, having worked pretty much in every single continent. Jorge currently works with UNICEF in New York, where he is responsible for its water portfolio. UNICEF is the UN leading agency in drinking water and sanitation, with WASH programmes in over 100 countries and an annual investment of more than 1 billion USD per year. See LinkedIn profile

  • Dr. Mónica A. Altamirano de Jong serves as WaterEquity's Director, Climate Impact. She leads the integration of climate and water resource management principles into investment decisions, identifying policy changes to enable increased investment in water. With 18+ years of global experience, she is a multidisciplinary leader who has advised governments and MDBs on how to catalyze private sector investments in infrastructure, water, climate adaptation, and Nature-based Solutions. A thought leader in climate finance and resilient infrastructure, Monica is passionate about facilitating a public-private process of rethinking investment origination and drive a paradigm shift in infrastructure planning. See LinkedIn profile

Register to the webinar

Date: 20 February, 2024 - 4 pm CET

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