Our perspective on financing strategies to achieve SDG 6

Strengthening the enabling environment; utilizing micro and blended finance strategies to their full potential, and resolving inequities in the allocation of financing are critical factors for the achievement of SDG 6

globalFinancing SDG 6 Position Paper: Water.org-IRC position paper, “Financing WASH: how to increase funds for the sector while reducing inequalities: Position paper for the Sanitation and Water for All Finance Ministers Meeting, April 20, 2017”

As Ministers of Finance work with relevant ministries to develop financing strategies that will enable their respective countries to meet the ambitious targets set forth in Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6), keeping sight of three key issues is vital for truly sustainable success. Water.org has collaborated with the Netherlands-based IRC to highlight these issues so they can be more easily considered and integrated into existing national plans. (April 2017)

Microfinance is a critical tool for achieving universal access to water and sanitation

globalGlobal Learning Note: “Financing Sanitation for the Poor: The role of microfinance institutions in addressing the water and sanitation gap”

Water and sanitation financing shows strong promise of supporting the ambitious Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 to end open defecation and ensure basic access to water and safe sanitation by 2030. Water.org and the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) of the World Bank’s Water Global Practice cooperated on this Learning Note to spotlight the positive impacts that microfinance has upon household investment in water and sanitation and the social and economic benefits that microfinance for water and sanitation provides to MFIs, governments, and low-income borrowers and their families. (October 2015)

indiaIndia Learning Note: “Financing Sanitation for the Poor: Household level financing to address the sanitation gap in India”

Financial institutions in India pioneered household level water and sanitation lending and have a strong track record of disbursing a large volume of toilet loans and working closely with local government and nongovernmental organization (NGO) programs for social marketing and demand-generation. Water.org and the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) of the World Bank’s Water Global Practice cooperated on this Learning Note to highlight evidence and lessons learned for the Government of India and development partners to further integrate household level financing into the Clean India Campaign. (September 2015)

WASH microfinance supports economic development

siwi SIWI paper, “Income-enabling, Not Consumptive: Association of Household Socio-economic Conditions with Safe Water and Sanitation” (July 2016)

In some countries, Water.org has observed that financial institutions are less interested in offering microloans for WASH because they are perceived to be more risky than income-generating loans. However, that perception does not consider how household access to WASH assets can enable household incomes to rise through the increased availability of productive time. This paper draws upon Water.org data to highlight the indirect role that WASH microloans can play on household income.

Critical factors to scale WASH microfinance

casestudyPEP2 Impact Assessment: “Water and Sanitation Microfinance Operations in India: An Assessment of Challenges & Determinants of Success”

The role microfinance can play in improving access to safe water supply and sanitation (WSS) among low-income populations is gaining attention, especially in light of conversations around financing the achievement of SDG 6. Despite this increased attention, however, knowledge gaps remain regarding factors that hinder and facilitate the scale and sustainability of WSS microfinance operations. This study examines the enablers and constraints that have shaped the performance of Water.org partner organizations in India between 2011 and 2015. (October 2016)

Affordable finance to the BOP - Water.org outcomes achieved and strategies for looking ahead

glaasGLAAS ESA overview about Water.org

Extracted from data submitted to the biannual GLAAS Report, this brief overview provides a retrospective of Water.org achievements to date in empowering over 5 million people at the bottom of economic the pyramid (BOP) to construct the water or toilet asset that they wanted through access to affordable, targeted finance in addition to looking ahead at 2017 and beyond. (April 2017)