Read our body of work supporting the use of financing to achieve universal access to safe water and sanitation. Additionally, you can follow our most recent activity in News & Press. Financing SDG 6 Position Paper: “Financing WASH: how to increase funds for the sector while reducing inequities: 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. 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)

Global 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 SDG 6 to end open defecation and ensure basic access to water and safe sanitation by 2030. 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)

India 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 NGO programs for social marketing and demand-generation. 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)

SIWI Paper: “Income-enabling, Not Consumptive: Association of Household Socio-economic Conditions with Safe Water and Sanitation” 

  • In some countries, we have 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 data to highlight the indirect role that WASH microloans can play on household income. (July 2016)

GLAAS ESA Overview About

  • Extracted from data submitted to the biannual GLAAS Report, this brief overview provides a retrospective of achievements to date in empowering more than five million people at the bottom of economic the pyramid (BOP) to construct a water or toilet solution through access to affordable, targeted finance in addition to looking at 2017 and beyond. (April 2017)
  • Read more about’s contribution to global WASH sector financing strategies in the 2017 GLAAS Report.

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