Bridging The Gap: Sustainable Finance For Improved Delivery

Key Words:

  1. Business/Investment Models;
  2. Circular Economy;
  3. Economic Regulation;
  4. Finance Models and Mechanisms;
  5. Non-Revenue Water;
  6. Public Private Partnerships;
  7. Resource Economics;
  8. Smart Metering;
  9. Water Footprinting;
  10. Water Pricing

The foundation of finance for water utilities and water service authorities is built on taxes, tariff structures, transfers and grants. Appropriate tariffs need to be considered in terms of sustainability, equitability and affordability. The opportunity to unlock private sector and international investment can significantly increase the delivery and capability of utilities. Insight and investigation in institutional finance mechanisms are required to assist in driving private investment for capital and operational costs across the water sector. Understanding and accessing business and investment opportunities for low carbon, resource efficient, and cleaner production and consumption will be key in reducing the impacts on limited resources and delivering sustainable economic development.

Some Guiding Questions

  • How do we, as a sector, prepare, facilitate and enhance the opportunity for Public Private Partnerships, while acknowledging the opportunities in established private and international collaborations?
  • How is water valued across Southern Africa?
  • What opportunities are there for innovative climate finance to support improved catchment management?