Financing the SDGs:The Ghana Water Trust and Attracting Private Investment

Convenor(s):
Safe Water Network

The World Bank estimates that “[F]inancing the SDG [targets] for water supply and sanitation… will cost triple historic financing levels - an estimated $114 billion per year between now and 2030.” This significant financing gap will not be met by government funding and development investment alone: innovative financing is needed through engaging with commercial finance and other private investors with different funding models such as blended finance. Small water enterprises (SWEs) – decentralized, financially viable systems serving small towns and peri-urban communities – are a promising water supply solution to attract blended finance. Safe Water Network is developing a Ghana Water Trust to attract and aggregate financing for SWEs to overcome the barrier of insufficient financing.

The session will share the financial proposition for SWEs and the design of the Trust. It will bring together a diverse group of sector thought leaders from development agencies, government of Ghana, and the private sector to discuss the small water enterprise model, the Trust design, opportunities investment, and barriers to success. After a panel discussion on the brief presentation, the moderator will facilitate a discussion with the audience to workshop specific challenges to the Trust and how to engage private investors.

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Wednesday 14:00-15:30
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