Talk39 Making Innovative Finance Work: Business Models and Approaches for Water Supply and Sanitation

Thursday, 09 May, 2019


Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 calls for “clean water and sanitation for all”. It sets clear but ambitious targets for multiple aspects of the water cycle that require a more ambitious financing for development strategy. Official development assistance (ODA) on its own will not be sufficient to meet financing needs for the water sector, but it can help mobilize substantially more private capital. Yet accessing private finance has been very difficult. LEAD Pakistan is hosting an interactive session on Making Innovative finance Work: Business Models and Approaches for Water Supply and Sanitation as part of its series on Managing Shared Basins. The guest speaker, Laila Kasuri, will present an overview of financial flows into the water sector, the effectiveness of innovative financial instruments, the key constraints to mobilizing “innovative” finance in the water sector particularly in Pakistan, as well as practical examples of successful business models.

Laila Kasuri is a water analyst with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), where she is involved in business model development and resource mobilization for low-carbon, sustainable and bankable investments in the water and sanitation sectors. She is closely involved with GGGI country programs in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Jordan. Prior to joining GGGI, she helped in the establishment of the Center for Water Informatics and Technology at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). She has a Bachelors degree from Harvard in Engineering Sciences, and a Masters in Water Resources Engineering from University of California, Davis.

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