Sustainable Water Policy

Innovative Financing Mechanisms for Improving Urban Water and Sanitation Coverage

The Urban Institute has been awarded a contract from the German foreign development agency (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, known as GIZ) to advise on potential sustainable financing models for expanding access to water services in developing countries. The research, involving Urban staff from the Center on International Development and Governance and the Research to Action Lab, will be conducted in collaboration with consultants from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), led by Dr. Tanvi Nagpal, Acting Director of SAIS’s International Development Program.

The research will draw from existing financing models in the literature from water and other sectors and will be informed by interviews with key stakeholders and experts in the field. This work will leverage Urban’s expertise with incentives and governance mechanisms in developing countries and results-based financing mechanisms in the United States and Dr. Nagpal’s expertise on water access. The project will present its findings and discuss next steps at World Water Week in Stockholm in August 2018 and will help inform GIZ’s efforts on how to meet the Sustainable Development Goal for water. 


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) 

Period of Performance

November 2017 - August 2018