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Despite demonstrated success, the SWE (known as small or safe water enterprise) sector is drastically under-financed, limiting access to safe, affordable, and reliable water for an estimated billion+ people. New ways of financing and scaling SWEs need to be developed, deployed, or enhanced to accelerate progress in closing the funding gap to achieve access to safe water.

To address this issue, Safe Water Network is convening sector leadership to focus on "Concessional Loans" as a mechanism for attracting new financing to SWEs. Within this context, concessional loans refers to investments at below-market interest rates, with minimal currency risk and generous time frames.

The webinar convenes institutions, companies, and individuals interested in the intersection of innovative finance and clean water supply for underserved populations, and features expert discussions and practical case studies on applying concessional loans on the ground. It will also set the stage on innovative finance, presenting diverse perspectives from funders, implementers, investors, and water sector leaders on the lessons and opportunities for SWEs.

We envision this webinar as the launch of an ongoing Innovative Finance for SWEs webinar series. The regular events will take an in-depth look at innovative finance, from the perspective of financers, implementers, and thought leaders.


WASH Programme Manager
Stone Family Foundation

Executive Director
Global Water Center


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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
NYC 10:00AM | Accra 3:00PM | 
New Delhi 8:30PM 

Unlocking Innovative Finance for Access to Safe Water


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Welcome & introduction


Fireside Talk - Setting the Context

  • What are funders and investors looking for in innovative finance?
  • Why small water enterprises are suitable for concessional loans or similar mechanisms?
  • What lessons have been observed and what opportunities exist for small water enterprises? 

Lightning Financing Case Studies

  • Safe Water Network, Ghana. Spotlight Report on "Concessional Loans"
  • 1001 Fontaines, Cambodia. "A New Opportunity to Finance the Cambodian Acceleration"

Q&A on Lightning Presentations with Audience

Panel Discussion

  • What is the role of concessional loans in scaling small water enterprises?
  • How can this financing tool help bring small water enterprises to scale? 

Closing Remarks

Takeaways and Call to Action

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Ghana Country Director
Safe Water Network

Group Head, Sustainable Finance


WASH Specialist
World Bank

Chief of Party 
Tetra Tech's USAID WASH-FIN Project

 Manager, Sector Strategy


Sr. Water and Sanitation Advisor

Division Manager
African Development Bank