Sep 21, 2022

Globally, 2.1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water, while 4.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation. The urgent investment required in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector, especially in developing countries, to meet the 2030 goals of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 – ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, will not be achieved without attracting more private finance to the sector.

The e-MFP WASH Action Group, led by Aqua for All, was created in 2021 to answer to a need shared by some e-MFP members, particularly investors, to better understand the WASH sector and its relevance for low-income populations in developing countries, and to address key information/knowledge gaps that constrain investors in their decisions.

To this end, the WASH Action Group in collaboration with consultant Sachin Kumar implemented a research study, the results of which e-MFP and Aqua for All are delighted to announce are now available in 3 publications. The first short publication ‘A Brief Introduction to WASH for Impact Investors’ conveys the main messages of the study conducted and introduces the in-depth publication – ‘A Handbook on WASH for Impact Investors’ which is published in 2 parts.

Part I aims to improve awareness about the sector and its linkage with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by presenting the main concepts in WASH, outlining the value chains of safe drinking water and sanitation, and showcasing SMEs working in WASH and their business models. It contains valuable information not only for impact investors but for all financial inclusion stakeholders looking to improve their knowledge about the sector.

Part II focuses on the WASH economy, drawing attention to the existing funding gap, identifying challenges and preconceived ideas about investing in WASH projects and advancing solutions to tackle the identified challenges, with the expectation of contributing to catalyse new investments in the sector in the short and medium term.

A Brief Introduction to WASH for Impact InvestorsA Handbook on WASH for Impact Investors - Part 1A Handbook on WASH for Impact Investors - Part 2

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