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Event Summary

  • Time: 11:00am – 12:00 EST
  • Date: Tuesday, March 21st, 2023
  • Location: OnlineZoom
  • Recording link: Here

Unless water and sanitation services are resilient to climate change, communities are at constant risk of losing service, reversing the progress made by governments and NGOs, and moving us further away from the SDG 6 goal.  Because of this, there is an urgent need to integrate climate resilience in WASH system strengthening strategies and increase the flow of climate finance to resilient WASH.

Integration of climate resilience in WASH systems requires holistic solutions. First, it is necessary that financial mechanisms invest in climate-resilient infrastructures through investment, incentives, and microfinance, among others; second, to strengthen the capacity of service delivery actors to respond to unexpected natural disasters; third, develop mitigation opportunities that improve the sustainability of WASH services while reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and finally, develop nature based solutions and alternative methods to restore the landscape’s capacity to hold and protect water.

The following presentation will showcase the work being done by, iDE and Water For People to unlock new finance as a response to climate change. Water For People is working on a local level to create a watershed investment fund to protect the water source for Blantyre, Malawi; additionally, will be sharing a current project to mobilize capital to reduce water losses for an Indonesia utility; on the other hand, IDE will provide a snapshot of how its market-based sanitation programs are addressing households’ ability to pay for climate resilient solutions, and discuss future directions and equity questions on mitigation.


  • Elevate the urgent need to unlock finance for the most vulnerable populations experiencing water insecurity and disruption to sanitation services due to climate change. 
  • Provide three distinct examples of ways different NGOs are unlocking finance for the most vulnerable. 
  • Highlight the diversity of options by presenting tools aimed at shifting financial flows at household, utility, catchment, national, and global levels. 
  • Provide options that consider public and private investments.