Flushing out Sanitation Market Failures

November 28, 2017  |  by , ,

This week we feature a story originally published by PSIImpact. To see the original story, click here. A third of the world’s population — 2.4 billion people — live without sanitation facilities. Not having access to even a basic toilet exposes millions of men, women, and children to risks of morbidity and mortality. During World…

Striking the Right Balance: Financial Viability vs. User Affordability in WASH Service Delivery Models

October 4, 2017  |  by

There is an ongoing conversation in the WASH sector about how we can enable urban water and sanitation service provision at scale. In Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor’s (WSUP) view, this can only be realised with the involvement of locally mandated service providers, such as water utilities and municipalities. These institutions need the…

Wielding Impact Investing to Accelerate Access to Safe Water

April 3, 2015  |  by

Impact investing is gaining momentum worldwide. Seen as the future of double bottom-line investing – which seeks to measure investment performance in term of positive social impact, as well as fiscal performance, many believe this approach has the potential to leverage trillions in private capital to address social causes. Wealth holders are increasingly looking for…

Caterpillar Foundation Awards $8.3 Million to Water.org

October 22, 2013  |  by

Water.org has announced a $8.3 million grant — the largest single funding commitment in its history — from the Caterpillar Foundation to expand its WaterCredit initiative to Indonesia, the Philippines, and Peru. Using microfinance tools, the WaterCredit initiative makes it possible for a family living in poverty to secure a small loan to pay for construction of a water connection…

Linking Microfinance, Water and Sanitation: Real Challenges, Real Benefits

July 10, 2012  |  by

A recent CGAP blog post highlights an often unrecognized role microfinance can play in the lives of the poor: enabling access to critical infrastructure services like water and sanitation. As the post explains, the idea is simple. By providing people with low cost loans, microfinance institutions (MFIs) “grow water and sanitation assets and infrastructure at…