Training event

Masterclass on Catalyzing resilience through innovative and bankable urban projects

Organizer(s) Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure Deltares Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment


15:00 - 16:45 CET


The Water as Leverage (WaL) methodology is an inclusive, integral, design-based approach for the development of projects, programs and transformation enhancing towards urban water resilience. Water as Leverage builds on experiences in a series of initiatives globally, spanning Asia, Latin America, Europe, and Africa. A central principle in the WaL methodology is on finance and aligning financing approaches with SDGs ambition.

Starting from the philosophy that ‘it takes millions to invest billions wisely’, the Water as Leverage programmes intend to invest these catalytic first millions, with the aim of leveraging the necessary investment for the implementation of catalytic projects, which in turn leverage water to build urban climate resilience. In the masterclass, we will delve into the experiences in Water as Leverage programs and try to answer the questions - What practices have been used to mobilize finance? What are insights and lessons learned and how can these be included in pathways forward and design of new initiative?

The insights gained during this masterclass will help deep dive into the experiences in financing innovative solutions for urban flood management during the session at the International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (ICDRI) 2024. Key experts, representing diverse roles, background, and experiences, will share their experiences and co-create insights and pathways forward in dialogue with the participants in the masterclass. A reading list will be provided by the organizers to participants prior to the session.

Participant Profile

This Masterclass is for urban water professionals working on and interested in ways to get innovative and sustainable solutions financed and implemented. No prior knowledge is required. The participants play an active role by sharing their experiences and views.


Dr. Stephanie Janssen, Social Inclusion and Nature Based Solutions Specialist, Deltares

Ms. Meike van Ginneken, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Prof. Matheues Bouw, Founder, ONE Architecture, University of Pennsylvania

Ms. Irene Seemann, Co-owner, Rebel

Dr. Bapon Fakhruddin, Water Sector Lead, Green Climate Fund

Mr. Wasi Md Alam, Senior Specialist - Capacity Development, CDRI

Mr. Corrado Minardi, Investment Manager, Invest International

Sandra Schoof

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