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Blended Finance for Water Infrastructure Maintenance and Fecal Sludge Management

Convergence

Over the course of three months, a Working Group comprised of over 50 organizations explored the use of blended finance in two important segments of water service delivery and sanitation: (1) repair and maintenance of water infrastructure in less densely populated areas; and (2) fecal sludge management. Commissioned by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), this Outcome Document highlights the Working Group's recommendations. \n\nCurrently, there is greater demand for (and hence a greater prevalence of) blended solutions with design and preparation-stage grants, Technical Assistance, and results-based financing. As business models mature and the enabling environment for water and sanitation services improves, more solutions that make use of guarantees and concessional debt or equity within a blended capital stack will emerge.\n\nFor fecal sludge management and water infrastructure maintenance (and many other water and sanitation services), public funding, whether through taxes or transfers, will remain critical. But attracting private capital to investable transactions will allow traditional development aid and government funds to refocus on projects and enterprises that should not or cannot attract private capital.

    Date
    11 Jan 21
    Region Focus
    Central Africa, Central America, "Central Asia, East Africa, East Asia, Global, North Africa, North America, South America, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Southern Africa, West Africa, West Asia, Western Europe, East Asia and Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America & the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa
    Sector Focus
    Financial Services, General, Health, Infrastructure (Non-Energy)
    Sub-Sector Focus
    Critical Infrastructure, Services, Waste Management Infrastructure, Water Infrastructure