The CAREC Institute, in collaboration with Asia Development Bank(ADB) and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund(UNICEF), is going to host a webinar on the role of Multilateral Development Partners (MDP) in response to Covid-19 in CAREC Region with emphasis on water, sanitation, and hygiene on 29 May 2020. The topic emerged from the ongoing CAREC Institute and UNICEF partnership which has ventured to undertake a comparative analysis of water resource management policies and practices in CAREC. This webinar aims at enhancing understanding of the role of MDPs in combating Covid-19; how MDP programs help improve resilience to epidemics; and linkages among sanitary services and water accessibility during and after Covid-19 pandemic.
Currently, a large number of International Financial Institutions (IFI) and Multilateral Development Partners (MDP) are making financing available to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. The importance of water and hygiene in times of Covid-19 pandemic could not be overestimated. An estimated 22 million people in Central Asia, or 31 percent of the population, still lack access to safe water.
The webinar participants will learn more about the role of MDPs in combating Covid-19 and how their programs help improve resilience to epidemics; explore potential synergies among MDPs to improve response in the sectors of water, sanitation & hygiene, public health, social, and economic aspects; and discuss linkages among sanitary services and water accessibility during and after Covid-19 lockdowns, and potential application of different innovative approaches.