Biodiversity, water and natural resource management
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.
On Monday 9 September, our team of experts discussed the key findings of this report during a live webinar.
Where has blended finance worked so far? How can this experience be adapted to new contexts and investment types? How can well-designed policies strengthen the enabling environment to crowd-in commercial capital and strengthen the financing systems upon which water-related investments rely?
Water-related investments are a prerequisite to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals, yet financing persistently falls well short of investment needs. This report shows how blended finance can play an important role to deploy development finance more strategically to mobilise additional commercial finance.