The World Federation of Development Financing Institution’s Knowledge Hub (WFDFI_KH) is an online portal that clusters knowledge and resources on development financing across all development intervention areas. It is a free-for all web space where development financing practitioners and enthusiasts could access existing and compelling knowledge products from a wide range of institutions, with diverse structure and procedures, engaged in supporting and promoting development finance and its crosscutting issues in advancing policies, processes, programs, projects and practices for the benefits of their beneficiaries and stakeholders. The two-fold purposes of the WFDFI_KH are shaping and advancing policy and advocacy positions that impact the development of the banking and finance community worldwide and improve DFI capacity, as well as facilitating knowledge management and sharing.
Public banks have played an important role in financing public water
and sanitation services in Europe for over a century, but these activities
have been largely ignored in the academic literature. This special issue
is an initial corrective to this research gap, providing conceptual
insights and empirical information on eight countries and regions in
Europe, covering a wide range of public banks working with public
water operators. This introductory article provides background rationale
for the research, outlines our methodologies, frames the theoretical
potentials of public banks in the water sector, highlights key
findings and points to future possible research directions.
Our main conclusion is that public banks have an important role to play in funding
sustainable and equitable WSS in the European region, but that there is considerable
scope for expansion and significant room for improvement. We begin this introduction
with a summary of our theoretical understanding of what constitutes a ‘public bank’, to
situate where we stand on the topic and to introduce Water International readers to what
may be an unfamiliar subject matter.
This paper estimates the impact of improvements to water network infrastructure on the take-up of
municipal water services in the Kyrgyz Republic. We also assess the intention-to-treat impacts of these
infrastructure improvements on households’ willingness to pay for improved water services, and on their time use.
Author: Akcura, Elcin; Bost, Leon; Brock, J. Michelle
This report is a global assessment of national public development banks’ (PDBs) involvement in the water sector in its broadest sense. It was commissioned by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) in the context of the Finance in Common Initiative, which seeks to enhance PDBs’ role in financing countries’ commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.