Celebrating the first official FINISH Mondial programme global meet

WASTE Executive Director, Han de Groot, pictured with the FINISH Mondial team in Rotterdam, NL.

 

Our colleagues and team members of the FINISH Mondial programme team started the month of October with the eventful programme of their long-awaited ‘Global Meet’, the first planned of which was cancelled in March 2020 due to the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This time, it was held from 4th to 8th of October 2021 in the Hague with a limited participants list, inviting a few key country programme leads and Netherlands-based consortium partners from WASTE, Amref Flying Doctors, Aqua for All and ACTIAM, to participate in a week of strategising on the future ambitions of the programme. This event not only provided us with an opportunity to engage with our key local and international partners, but also provided us with the opportunity to organize and facilitate high-level, cross-country programme knowledge exchange to gather inputs for the programme’s annual planning for 2022. The week’s programme also provided a platform for country leading teams to engage with the different thematic working group experts, with a particular emphasis on strengthening the programme’s focus on climate resilience and financial innovations.

 

All of this comes together after more than 18 months separated due to the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, the teams have continued working tirelessly towards the common goal of achieving safe sanitation for all. Organized using the framework of working blocks which were based on WASTE’s Diamond Model, the meet facilitated discussions between country programmes and various partners on demand creation, supply side development and the core process of developing an “enabling environment”. Given WASTE’s active approach towards meaningful engagement with its partners, team members and stakeholders, we are proud to have been able to safely organise and co-host this event in the Netherlands, based along the guidelines and restrictions provided by the RIVM, to reconnect with our valued partners. This ‘Global Meet’ is hopefully the first of many of its kind as we start to find new ways of working in this new climate, without sacrificing the crucial human connection we built these relationships and successes upon together. We thank all the participants and partner organisations who helped make this week a reality.