Financial Tools Taskforce

The first IPWA Financial Tools Taskforce Meeting for 2011 will take place on Thursday, Jan. 20. A special presentation will be made by the World Bank on its recently published comprehensive report focused on? private operators and rural water supplies. This study examines examples of private sector management of domestic water supplies serving dispersed populations or very small settlements in rural areas. The potential contribution from private operators is well-known for small towns. The unanswered question is whether private operators are a viable option for more remote rural areas with low population density.

Elizabeth Kleemeier, a senior water and sanitation specialist and a member of the Water Anchor team of the World Bank, will be delivering the presentation. She is one of the co-authors of the report/desk review that focuses on the experiences of private sector operators and the management of rural water supplies.

Kleemeier joined the World Bank in 2009 as part of the Water Anchor of the Sustainable Development Network Vice Presidency. She works primarily on rural water supply issues. Her particular area of expertise is rural water supply. Since arriving at the Bank, Kleemeier has worked on rural water projects in Vietnam, Bangladesh and Chad in addition to producing the recently published report.

The Taskforce meeting will also serve as a planning meeting to discuss other topics to be reviewed/addressed in CY2011. As a result, maximum attendance is encouraged. Taskforce participants are invited to bring many ideas and suggestions for future Financial Tools Taskforce presentations.

The Taskforce meeting will commence at 9:30 a.m. U.S. East Coast time and conclude by 11:15 a.m. All participants will be connected into the meeting via the AT&T conference system.

To confirm your participation, please send an email to by the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 19.

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