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Finance for Water


A dazzling USD 7,500 billion dollars are needed between now and 2030 to build the water infrastructure required to reach SDG6 (Sustainable Development Goal 6). A solid and resilient water infrastructure will protect the world’s population from ‘too much, too little, and too polluted water’. Worldwide, water projects are disproportionally financed with public money and future water challenges will never be met by the public sector alone. Certainly not in upcoming markets.

Finance for Water - The Netherlands Water Partnership
Josephine Damstra
Josephine Damstra
Project Officer Finance for Water

Supporting financiers such as FMO

If we manage to bridge the gap between the finance and water sector, more (private) money will become available to meet worldwide water challenges. This is where NWP comes in. NWP brings the Dutch water sector and finance sector together. In the Netherlands as well as internationally. Since 2017, NWP is supporting financiers, such as FMO (Entrepreneurial development bank) with the identification of bankable projects. We organised several matchmaking events between the finance and Dutch water sector with the aim of stimulating a timely collaboration between the two sectors.

Research financing challenges Dutch water sector

Together with FMO we published the research report ‘Expanding the horizon of the Dutch Water Sector - A sector view on international positioning and financing challengesThis study assessed the financial challenges facing the Dutch water sector in reaching SDG6 by 2030.

Cover Expanding the horizon of the Dutch Water Sector

Taskforce Finance IWC

As executor of the Dutch Government’s Partners for Water programme, NWP supports the Taskforce Finance of the Dutch Interdepartmental Water Cluster (IWC). NWP identifies projects in IWC countries and matches Dutch water sector companies with potential development projects. 

The Taskforce Finance aims to give impetus to the use of financing modalities and public private partnerships. To accomplish this, the Taskforce Finance stimulates collaboration and coordination among Dutch public financiers by realising impactful projects. These projects include opportunities for participation of Dutch organisations. 

Together with NWP and the Delta Team coordinators, the Taskforce identifies projects and advises the IWC steering committee. The ambition is to implement at least one project per focus country.

Innovative Finance Facilities for Water 

Internationally, the NWP has initiated and supported several innovative finance for water initiatives. These initiatives provide finances for project development and expertise to water initiatives. The aim is to increase the financial feasibility of these initiatives and ensure that more water projects reach financial close. In doing so, new forms of (private) finance are being attracted, decreasing the sector’s dependence on public funding. Two concrete examples are the

Currently it is being explored whether these initiatives can be scaled and/or duplicated in other countries. 

Contact information

Would you like to know more about these initiatives or on the topic Finance for Water? Don’t hesitate to contact us. 

Tabitha Gerrets: 
+31 70 304 3732     

Josephine Damstra: 
+31 6 20 68 54 28