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Water and Sanitation

Sustainable Development Goal 6 calls for access to safe water and sanitation services for all by 2030, yet many Latin American and Caribbean countries still have a long way to go on that front.

The IDB estimates that more than 200 million people in the region lack access to safely managed drinking water and almost 500 million to safely managed sanitation. Improvement in the quality and efficiency of water and sanitation services is required, along with measures to mitigate the effects of climate change on the long-term availability of water resources.

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Our strategy

We offer innovative solutions to address the shortfall in water and sanitation infrastructure and services, building on the Inter-American Development Bank’s already considerable presence, expertise and experience.

The IDB is the largest international financial institution operating in this sector in Latin America and the Caribbean, with disbursements of more than $1 billion per year.

Water and sanitation services are predominantly the domain of state-owned enterprises in the region, but the private sector increasingly has a role to play. At IDB Invest, we work with both state-owned and private companies and expand available financing to improve the efficiency, quality and sustainability of the services.

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IDB Invest finances Interagua to improve the water and sanitation system in Guayaquil, Ecuador

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IDB Invest finances in Brazil the largest thermoelectric plant in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Meet the Expert

Meet the Expert
Yvon Mellinger

Yvon Mellinger

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