Feasibility Study for an Urban Sanitation Development Impact Fund

This feasibility study for an urban sanitation development fund examines financing needs for expanding coverage of individual toilets among urban households.

Background
LEAD carried out a feasibility study for an urban sanitation development impact fund, funded by the Department for International Development (DfID), UK. The study objective was to understand financing needs for expanding coverage of individual toilets, particularly among urban households and to identify potential investment strategies and indicative design elements for a fund that will address these financing needs. It evaluated potential impact-oriented financing mechanisms and service delivery models for an Urban Sanitation Development Impact Fund envisioned to help accelerate progress in the sanitation sector in India. With the recognition that progress in the sector is limited by knowledge gaps in the design and delivery of viable and scalable sanitation interventions, the study evaluated innovative sanitation solutions that are scalable, replicable and present viable business opportunities for a range of investors likely to channel their investments into the sector through the USDIF.
Approach
The study involved in-depth interviews with stakeholders in the government, banking and microfinance industry and academicians.
Implications
The study proposed various potential fund structures and recommendations on fund strategy.

Thematic area

Institutions

Project Leads

Sujatha Srinivasan

Partners

Department of International Development, UK

Status

Completed