Barry M. Jackson selected as Programme Manager of the Global Sanitation Fund

Date: 13th August 2008

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“The Collaborative Council is pleased to welcome such a senior and respected professional to its team,” said Mr. Jon
Lane, WSSCC’s Executive Director. “Barry’s long experience in water and sanitation, together with his proven track record in innovative and creative financing which involves public and private actors and serves the poor, will contribute greatly to the success of the Global Sanitation Fund. With 2.5 billion people living daily with the dire consequences of poor or non-existent sanitation, the need for the GSF is greater than ever.”

Launched by WSSCC in March, the Global Sanitation Fund is the world’s first financing mechanism specifically for
sanitation and hygiene. It aims to support national efforts to help larger numbers of poor people attain sustainable access to basic sanitation and good hygiene practices. The GSF is currently starting work in Madagascar, Nepal and Uganda, to be followed shortly by Burkina Faso, India, Pakistan and Senegal.

“Of the many aspects of my professional life, my work in community sanitation has always been the most rewarding,” said Mr. Jackson, 59. “I believe that this new position with WSSCC is an opportunity to use much of my professional experience to date: as sanitation adviser, policy analyst and project manager responsible for international grants and loans. I foresee that the biggest challenges of the job will be to identify promising approaches to improving sanitation in areas where progress has been slow, and then to make available the most appropriate form of financial support that will catalyse a significant acceleration in both behavioural change and sanitation coverage.”

He added that “it was an inspired move by WSSCC to set up a fund dedicated to sanitation and related programmes so that decision-makers throughout the developing world might be inspired to take the challenge seriously and commit resources to help people to help themselves towards better hygiene and sanitation.”

As Programme Manager, Mr. Jackson will manage the further development and operation of the GSF, reaching out to existing and potential donors and working closely with partners and governments where the GSF is being implemented. Mr. Jackson brings a wealth of experience to the position. Much of his policy work has contributed to
important government policy in South Africa such as white papers on Water Supply and Sanitation, the National Public Works Programme and the Municipal Infrastructure Investment Framework. For six years he was Project Manager of the USD 35 million World Bank and DFID-funded Municipal Financial Management Technical Assistance Project, which fielded over 30 international advisers on municipal finance, and commissioned several studies related to intergovernmental fiscal relations. He was also an adviser to the World Bank Water & Sanitation Program – Africa Region, supporting in particular the development of sanitation policies in several countries in East Africa.

Prior to joining the DBSA Mr. Jackson worked for ten years as a consulting civil engineer in London, Johannesburg, and Maseru, Lesotho, and a further eight years as a sanitation adviser in Lesotho, first with the World Bank, and later with British Aid. Mr. Jackson was educated at the University of Oxford, where he received a Master of Arts in Engineering Science. He is a Chartered Engineer (UK), Member of Institution of Civil Engineers (UK) and Fellow of Water Institute of Southern Africa. Mr. Jackson is married and has two sons.

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