AUTHORS: Hutton G & Varughese M.
ABSTRACT: A dedicated goal for water has recently been endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly as part of the sustainable development goal (SDG) framework. This World Bank study provides an assessment of the global costs of meeting the WASH-related targets of Goal 6. It finds that current levels of financing can cover the capital costs of providing access to basic WASH services, if resources are carefully targeted. However, more than three times the current investment levels will be required to reach the targets set out in SDG 6.1 and 6.2. For universal water, sanitation and hygiene coverage to be sustainable, financial and institutional strengthening will be essential to ensure that investments translate to effective service delivery. The World Bank recommends that tariff policies will need to be improved: strengthened while avoiding becoming unaffordable.