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Assessing microfinance for water and sanitation
Exploring opportunities for sustainable scaling up
The importance of microfinance in financing water supply and sanitation services (WSS) has been recognized in several recent reports and workshops. They highlight the potential for using microfinance to meet the financing needs of poor and low income groups for improved access to higher_]quality water and sanitation services. The objective of this study, commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is to assess the potential market for using microfinance in the water and sanitation sector, and to identify specific opportunities for potential learning, investment, and support. This report focuses on these opportunities and suggests measures that are needed for sustainable scaling up, which can be supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other development institutions.