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In Memoriam: our friend and colleague Piers Cross

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Piers Cross, one of the most influential global activists in the water sector, passed away on March 29, 2017. Piers Cross worked in the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) for over 20 years in different positions, including Global Manager and Regional Director for Africa and South Asia.
Piers always had the poor very close to his heart. He was a dynamic and personable man as well as an innovative, out-of-the-box thinker who believed profoundly in the participatory process when developing sanitation projects. He also played a crucial roles in other water global agencies such as UNICEF, UN-HABITAT, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the UNDP, as well as donor agencies, governments and NGOs. We are deeply grateful to Piers Cross for paving the way towards a water-secure world for all. We have lost a much loved friend and colleague. His legacy will not be forgotten.

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Jennifer J. Sara

Global Director, Climate Change Group, World Bank

Jyoti Shukla

Director, Water Global Practice, the World Bank

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