finance

Project

Urban Small Water Enterprise

This program addresses the challenge of providing safe water in urban slums by assessing the policy landscape around Small Water Enterprises (SWE), understanding the challenges and key drivers of success and providing tools to support the implementation of SWEs. An SWE is a business that purifies and sells water on a small scale to populations living in areas where piped water is unavailable. This program developed and made three tools (financial viability, water quality and technology, monitoring and evaluation) available as mobile apps to help entrepreneurs make their SWEs successful.

Video

Pooled Financing for Water

USAID in India issued a Development Credit Authority bond guarantee to several municipalities in India to help them raise funds from investors to build and improve water infrastructure. Learn more here.

Webinar

Sustaining Urban Water Utility Services: A Look Back at USAID’s Indonesia ESP Activity

How sustainable are outcomes several years after water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) projects have closed? In this webinar, Leslie Greene Hodel (Senior Advisor, Water CKM Project) will present findings from the second in a series of USAID Water Communications and Knowledge Management (CKM) Project ex-post evaluations on the Indonesia Environmental Services Program (ESP), implemented by DAI between 2004 and 2010. Read the full evaluation.

Focus Area Topic

Governance & Finance

Strong governance, financing, and institutions are critical to helping countries transition away from donor assistance in the water sector.

Why it Matters

Sound governance is essential to achieving water security. National governments must make water and sanitation issues a priority, while both national and local governments must create enabling environments that will improve drinking water and sanitation service delivery, improve water sector coordination, mobilize investment, and incentivize management of water resources.