Making Blended Finance Work for Water and Sanitation

Unlocking Commercial Finance for SDG 6

Investments in water and sanitation are a prerequisite to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular on SDG 6 ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Blended finance can play an important role in strategically investing development finance to mobilise additional commercial finance needed to fill the current investment gaps. Thus far, however, blended finance has not reached scale in the water and sanitation sector. A greater evidence base is needed to better understand the current applications as well as the potential of blended models in the water and sanitation sector. This publication takes a commercial investment perspective and provides insights into three subsectors: (1) water and sanitation utilities, (2) small-scale off-grid sanitation and (3) multi-purpose water infrastructure and landscape-based approaches. The publication draws out recommendations for policy makers and practitioners to apply and scale innovative blended finance approaches where most appropriate.

Published on August 26, 2019

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Executive Summary
Insights from blended finance in the water and sanitation sector
Evidence on blended finance in water and sanitation utilities
Evidence on blended finance in small-scale off-grid sanitation, wastewater collection and treatment
Evidence on blended finance in multipurpose infrastructure and landscape-based approaches
Primer on blended finance
Case Studies: Water and Sanitation Utilities
Case Studies: Off-grid sanitation Water and Sanitation
Case Studies: Multipurpose water infrastructure and landscape-based approaches
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