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Water and Sanitation Infrastructure funding and financing in Indonesia – reality check and ways forward, 2023

Over a period of two weeks In November 2023, Lean Finance together with representatives from the infrastructure unit of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta,  consulted various players from the water sector in Indonesia and held a focus group discussion to inform current and future Water and Sanitation programming for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Indonesia.


In partnership with Aguaconsult and assigned by UNICEF, Lean Finance performed assessment of WASH sector financing policy in Viet Nam for the Government of Viet Nam. The project analysed existing regulatory landscape conducive to WASH investments in the country and proposed regulatory and policy options for improving private sector participation in WASH infrastructure funding and financing in Viet Nam. Recommendations were formulated for the government and development partners on a funding and financing strategy for WASH.


Lean Finance in partnership with Aquaconsult helped UNICEF, UNDP and UNCDF  to develop a proposal to the UN SDG Fund for a $17m programme in Ghana, including the design of a sanitation fund with funding and financing facilities. Assignment included market analysis, fund design, theory of change, workplan, scoping activities, securing investors, creating legal and governance structures, and project management.

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In collaboration with various partners, Lean Finance performed diagnostic assessment of opportunities to catalyze blending of finance sources for climate resilient WASH in Cambodia, This assignment allowed to test previously designed diagnostic method  to identify opportunities for the development agency and to recommend blended financing mechanisms across the WASH supply chain.


In collaboration with International WaterCentre, Griffith University, Lean Finance developed methodology for country-level diagnostic assessment of opportunities for development partners to catalyze blended finance for climate resilient WASH, The method enables country-level understanding of the WASH and financial ecosystems to guide potential investments and activities for blended finance. 


Lean Finance assessed  the practicalities of blended finance solutions in the WASH sector globally. The research aimed to identify pathways for future Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia) (DFAT) WASH programming using blended financing to scale-up and/or improve the impacts of activities. The report outlined development roles for DFAT to create systemic change through partnerships and to unlock funding and financing for climate resilient WASH.

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