USAID's WASH-FIN Southern Africa

Closing financing gaps for universal water and sanitation access through sustainable and transparent business models, increased public funding, and expanded market finance for infrastructure investment.

In Southern Africa, 77 million people lack basic access to drinking water and 119 million people lack basic access to a sanitation facility. The world has set ambitious targets for universal access to water and sanitation by the year 2030 but an unprecedented mobilization of funding will be required to meet this goal. In South Africa alone, the infrastructure investment gap is projected to grow at 2.23% annually, reaching USD $6 billion by 2030 with the water sector comprising 11% of this total annual investment gap, or USD $660 million.