For more than 25 years, Water.org has been at the forefront of developing and delivering solutions to the global water crisis. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, we pioneer market-driven financial solutions to ensure all people have access to safe water and sanitation – giving women hope, children health and communities a future. We have positively transformed the lives of more than seven million people around the world, and together, we can change more lives.
Our approach is proven and powerful
Our solutions focus on empowerment through access to affordable financing. For millions around the world, access to funds stands between them and safe water in their home. We focus on breaking down this financial barrier and bringing hope and opportunity to those in need.
Recognized and awarded for efficiency and effectiveness
We are dedicated to financial transparency and recognized around the world as experts who collaborate with leading institutions, governments and agencies to help solve the water crisis.
Smart philanthropy: Financing Sustainable Development Goal 6 to ensure water and sanitation for all by 2030
Accelerating impact: reaching more people with safe water and sanitation, faster
Closing the financing gap for water and sanitation - Water.org and WaterEquity's current efforts to increase access to safe water and sanitation
Closing the financing gap for water and sanitation is critical to achieving universal, sustainable, and equitable access to water and sanitation. Water.org and WaterEquity address this significant capital barrier through access to affordable financing, tapping global capital markets to attract greater resources and enabling household-level loans for water and sanitation.
Executive Summary Water.org Strategic Plan 2018-2022 - An overview of Water.org’s five-year strategic plan for increasing access to affordable financing for water and sanitation in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals, “Leveraging financing to change lives with access to water and sanitation - A look at the next 5 years of impact"
As the water sector looks to meet global goals related to water and sanitation, Water.org assessed the opportunities and challenges that lay ahead and carefully considered how it can best contribute through its overarching goal of bringing affordable financing options for water and sanitation access to scale as a means of achieving universal access to water and sanitation. The result is a strategic plan that looks to expand our core strengths and deepen our connectivity and collaboration with a host of influencers around the world to deepen understanding and explore innovative approaches that will collectively address the water and sanitation crisis. (August 2017)
WaterEquity - Investing to end the global water crisis
WaterEquity is an innovation of Water.org that creates the opportunity for social impact investors to put their capital to work to achieve powerful social impact with financial returns. WaterEquity scales proven Water.org solutions, increasing the availability of small, affordable loans to meet the tremendous market demand for water and sanitation.
A future that leaves no one behind - Huffpost OpEd reflecting on growing momentum for innovative financing for water and sanitation
In April 2017, Water.org Co-Founders Matt Damon and Gary White participated in the World Bank High Level Meetings on financing SDG 6 to discuss the financing gap between existing funding and what it will take to achieve universal access to safely-managed water and sanitation.
Affordable financing for water and sanitation: the evidence base
Financing SDG 6 Position Paper - Water.org-IRC 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”
Water.org collaborated with Netherlands-based IRC to highlight issues critical to achieving sustainable access to water and sanitation, including: strengthening the enabling environment; utilizing micro and blended finance to their full potential; and resolving inequities in financing allocation. These recommendations support Ministers of Finance as they develop effective financing plans for their country, furthering progress toward achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6. (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 Sustainable Development Goal 6 to end open defecation and ensure basic access to water and safe sanitation by 2030. Water.org and the Water and Sanitation Program of the World Bank’s Water Global Practice spotlight the positive impacts microfinance for water and sanitation provides households, microfinance institutions, 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 nongovernmental organization programs for social marketing and demand-generation. Water.org and the Water and Sanitation Program 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)
World Water Week paper - “Income-enabling, Not Consumptive: Association of Household Socio-economic Conditions with Safe Water and Sanitation”
In some countries, Water.org has observed that financial institutions are less interested in offering microloans for water and sanitation because they are perceived to be more risky than income-generating loans. That perception does not consider how household access to water and sanitation assets enable household incomes to rise through increased availability of productive time. This paper draws upon Water.org data to highlight the how water and sanitation microloans indirectly affect household income. (July 2016)
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 among low-income populations is gaining attention, especially in light of conversations around financing the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6. Despite this increased attention, knowledge gaps remain regarding factors that hinder and facilitate the scale and sustainability of water and sanitation 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)
GLAAS ESA overview - About Water.org
This overview, published in the biannual UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-water, presents the achievements and lessons learned in empowering millions of people at the base of economic the pyramid to construct water or toilet assets through access to affordable, targeted finance. (April 2017)
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