Financing Universal Access to Water Supply and Sanitation

The program goal is to develop opportunities to scale up private sector investment in water and sanitation.

The work will initially be demand driven and tailored to the specific needs of the country, utility and challenge. Over time, similar interventions supporting financial assessments, financial viability, pricing or tariffs may arise and common approaches or inputs may be developed. However, at the outset, the intention is to work with a select group of countries to help improve the financial viability of service providers with the explicit goal of accessing private capital to support water and sanitation infrastructure needs.

Ten to twelve countries out of a list of 18 pre-identified countries (Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Panama, Tunisia, Morocco, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Kenya, India, Senegal, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Botswana, Brazil and China), where more detailed analytical work can take place in close collaboration with TTLs and country counterparts. More specifically, this effort will examine investment opportunities -- either co-financed between the World Bank Group and donors and the private sector or as stand- alone projects. The analysis will look at the economics and financial considerations of the potential projects, the enabling environment including capital market requirements and regulations, and the investment appetite of private sector and their considerations. Efforts under this activity would also examine how a potential transaction might be structured and what enhancements or incentives might be required.