When they met in 2006, OECD Development and Environment Ministers called for strengthened efforts to ensure adequate provision of water services in developing countries. Successful reform of the water supply and sanitation sector requires improvements both in its governance and financing. As stated by the Gurría Task Force report, the significant financial needs of the sector can only be satisfied by a combination of measures aimed at increasing the supply of finance (from local and international sources) and at improving its demand (in terms of capacity for financial planning and project preparation). Thus, there is a clear need for approaches that support the development of strategic financial plans and inform sector actors on the financial realism of different options.
In response to the Ministerial mandate, the OECD established a Member-led Task Team on Sustainable Financing to Ensure Affordable Access to Water Supply and Sanitation. Chaired by France, the Task Team will focus its work on identifying and developing approaches that support the development of strategic financial plans for the water supply and sanitation sector. By helping to structure sector-wide policy dialogues, such approaches will support the broader development efforts described in the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.
In 2007-2008, Task Team:
• collected and analysed good practices on approaches and tools supporting strategic financial planning in the water supply and sanitation sector. Those good practices may have been developed in the context of development co-operation or may refer to domestic experiences of OECD countries.
• carried out two or three pilot experiences applying such approaches and tools. The Task Team has agreed to focus the pilot experiences on African countries.
• summarised the results of the comparative analysis and pilot experiences a synthesis report. The report fed into the OECD Horizontal Water Project and provided input to the 5th World Water Forum.
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