From 08:00 to 08:50 on 9 October, in conjunction with the Budapest Water Summit 2013, WSSCC and the Governments of The Netherlands and Switzerland will host a special breakfast side event entitled “Behavior Change – Sustainable Investment in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene”.
The side event will examine sustainable investments in the water sector, with a focus on behavior change. Governments are seeking to use finite public resources in ways that yield high returns, multiple outcomes and sustainable solutions. This is as true for bilateral development cooperation agencies as it is for finance and sector ministries of developing nations.
Investments in behavior change in the form of large-scale interventions directed at the household level are relatively inexpensive yet yield high returns. Households that embrace the connection between sanitation and health, hygiene and human dignity, water and wellbeing invest their own resources. Focus on behavior change in this way empowers communities and strengthens local governments improving health outcomes, school attendance rates, and worker productivity. Investment in behavior change is also sustainable. Households that invest their own resources have shown that they maintain basic sanitation and water facilities and continue to wash hands at critical times.
Participants of the side event will learn from select governments and multilateral agencies about their investments in behavior change in the water sector. Aspects to be touched on include institutional arrangements and coordination mechanisms, empowerment, decentralization and other elements of sustainability central to the post-2015 agenda.
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