ADB, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation partner for sanitation programmes in Asia

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for sanitation programmes to be implemented over the next few years in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

This partnership seeks to expand and speed up access to safe sanitation in Asia-Pacific by engaging both the public and the private sector and civil society leaders in efforts to advance innovative thinking and practice.

Brian Arbogast, the foundations water, sanitation and hygiene team director said that the Gates Foundation will invest $15 million into a trust fund focusing on non-sewered sanitation expansions and sewage management solutions, which will be complemented by a further $28 million investment from ADB up to 2017.

According to ADBs 2013 Asian Water Development Outlook, around 1.74 billion people in the region have no access to adequate sanitation, while over 792 million people are still practicing open defecation.

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