Mobilising Finance for WASH: Getting the Foundation Right

Will investment in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector yield returns?
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Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 is: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Mobilizing finance to address the SDG 6 financing gap successfully and sustainably will require more than innovative or sophisticated financial vehicles and mechanisms. To move to scale, private and public investment hinges on core foundational issues being addressed in the water sector by service providers, governments and other enabling environment stakeholders.

This paper unpacks what is meant by the enabling environment for finance in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and presents real examples of how these bottlenecks are being overcome by innovators in the sector.

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By Lesley Pories, Catarina Fonseca & Victoria Delmon