16. Developing Financing Strategies in Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) – Note

The rationale of financing strategies in Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) differs from developing countries to transition countries – and hence from one international organisation to an-other. This should not take anyone by surprise. In the developing countries the strategies are perceived as vehicles for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through, among others, improved financial resource programming. In the transition countries they are perceived as vehicles for upgrading the infrastructure, matching costs with available resources and introducing the full cost recovery principle. However, there is no need to exaggerate the differences in this respect. There are, in fact, many common features between the developing countries and transition countries with regard to challenges in the water sector. Consequently, it is possible to put forward a definition of financing strategies in WSS that is valid in both developing countries and transition countries. Financing strategies in WSS may support policy dialogues and the development of a consensus about the need to strengthen financial planning capacity and project preparation. (Link)


EU Water Initiative – Finance Working Group (EUWI-FWG); Global Water Partnership; COWI Consulting Group. 2007. Developing Financing Strategies in Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) – Note. 36 p.

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