The Roundtable on Financing Water
The Roundtable on Financing Water is a global public-private platform established by the OECD, the Netherlands, the World Water Council and the World Bank. It draws upon political leadership and technical expertise, with the ambition of facilitating increased financing of investments that contribute to water security and sustainable growth.
The Roundtable engages a diversity of actors – governments and regulators in developed, emerging and developing economies, private financiers (e.g. institutional investors, commercial banks, asset managers, impact investors), development financing institutions, bi-lateral donors, international organisations, academia and civil society organisations – focused on finding novel ideas and solutions.
- 22-23 November 2023 | Tenth meeting of the Roundtable on Financing Water, Hybrid meeting
- 7-9 February 2023 | Ninth meeting of the Roundtable on Financing Water, Hybrid meeting
- 23-24 September 2021 | Eighth meeting of the Roundtable on Financing Water: Thematic meeting on Climate Action, co-convened with the U.S. Government, including the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Virtual meeting
- 27-28 January 2021 | Seventh meeting of the Roundtable: Thematic meeting on Financing Agricultural Water, co-convened with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Virtual meeting. Read the summary & discussion highlights.
- 7-8 December 2020 | Sixth meeting of the Roundtable: Regional meeting focused on Europe, co-convened with the European Investment Bank (EIB), Virtual meeting. Read the summary & discussion highlights.
Report: Financing a Water Secure Future
This report presents a summary of the key challenges and opportunities related to financing that contributes to water security and sustainable growth distilling insights from the Roundtable on Financing Water and related analyses. It covers a broad range of water-related investments, including water and sanitation services, water resources management, agricultural water and managing water-related risks (“too much”, “too little” and “too polluted”). It summarises findings from analysis of investments needs and financing capacities, trends in development finance for water and explores how water risks generate financial impacts for corporates. The report highlights options to address the financing challenge by strengthening the enabling environment for investment, making the best use of existing sources of finance, strategic investment planning and mobilising additional finance via a range of financing approaches. Finally, the report sets out a vision for future OECD work on financing water and for the Roundtable on Financing Water.
This paper identifies and analyses a sample of 52 diverse intermediaries active in deploying one or more key functions across the investment value chain for 3 specific sub-sectors: utilities, small scale water and sanitation service providers and nature-based solutions. The analysis assesses the extent to which the activities of these intermediaries is aligned with the critical functions needed to mobilise finance across the sub-sectors. It identifies gaps, reduncies and misalignments and calls for a shift from the current opportunistic approach to a more strategic approach in the design and activities of intermediaries, supported by governments and financial institutions.
Background paper: Strategic Investment Pathways: The Zambezi Basin case study
Report: Financing Water Supply, Sanitation and Flood Protection- Challenges in EU Member States and Policy Options
For more information, please contact:
- Aude Farnault, OECD Co-ordinator of the Rountable on Financing Water
- Xavier Leflaive, Water Team Leader, OECD Environment Directorate
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