Conference on "Social Investing to Enhance and Sustain Rural Sanitation Coverage" - WES-Net India, 22nd – 23rd March, 2011, PHD House, New Delhi

WES-Net IndiaOrganizers:

  • WES-Net India
  • FINISH (Financial Inclusion Improves Sanitation and Health)

Venue: PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, PHD House, Siri Institutional Area, August Kranti Marg, New Delhi


  • On Social Investment and MFI in India - The current scenario
  • Presenting the Rationale and Results of the FINISH sanitation innovation contest
  • Views from the field - On the challenges of using micro-finance for investment in safe toilets
  • Views from the field - Interactive Debate
  • The way forward - What should be the next steps?


Programme FINISH stands for Financial Inclusion Improves Sanitation and Health and is being supported and implemented since 2009 by an Indian-Dutch consortium comprising banks, insurance companies, NGOs and academic and government institutions from the two countries. Its objective is to diffuse 1 million safe sanitation systems to low income communities in rural India through mobilizing funds from end-user households. Under the FINISH programme, micro-credit and financial schemes are targeted to be combined with life and health micro-insurance packages to incentivize household investment towards toilets. Simultaneously, there is also investment in local capacity building in the installation and maintenance of toilets and disposal of toilet waste.

In the above perspective, the objective of the present workshop is to explore how these conditions are being satisfied in rural sanitation investments in India, and in particular, explore how the founding and implementing partners of FINISH can respond to the challenges that are unique to the penetration of Sanitation and Financial Inclusion Services in Rural India to enable greater attainment of the countries Millennium Development Goals.

Individuals and organisations with relevant work experience on this issue and interested in making a short presentation are requested to kindly send in the title of the presentation and a short description of the contents by Friday 11 March, 2011 to

Please send in your confirmation for participating in the conference by Friday 11th March, 2011 to

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Contact details:
Mr. A. J. James
General Secretary
Secretariat Office,WES-Net India
25/1-A, Pankha Road,
D- Block, Janakpuri,
New Delhi- 110058
Tel: (011)-28525412, Ext 220