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Making Blended Finance Work for Water and Sanitation

Unlocking Commercial Finance for SDG 6

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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.

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Insights from blended finance in the water and sanitation sector

Scaling up investments in water and sanitation is a prerequisite to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 6, which aims to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Blended finance can be an effective tool to mobilise additional commercial finance and contribute to strengthening financing systems upon which sustainable service delivery and water resource management rely. This chapter provides insights into the state of blended finance for water-related investments drawing on analysis from three subsectors: (1) water and sanitation utilities; (2) small-scale off-grid sanitation services; and (3) multi-purpose water infrastructure and landscape-based approaches. The chapter documents insights drawn from experience with blended finance for water and sanitation to date and further explores the potential for scaling up.

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