Climate finance and water security

The impacts of climate change – from drought and flood to cyclones and rising sea levels – pose obvious threats to people’s access to sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services. But they also present opportunities. The global community has committed to mobilise US $100 billion every year, from 2020 onwards. WaterAid is working hard to ensure that a portion of the $100 billion (known as climate finance) is directed towards the essential services – such as water, sanitation and hygiene – that poor people need to be resilient to change.

To this end, WaterAid commissioned Oxford Policy Management to conduct new research into how climate finance has been spent so far, and whether or not it has been spent on improving people’s water security. Three country case studies in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Zambia, in addition to an Inception Report and a Synthesis Report, can be found below.

Louise Whiting, WaterAid’s Senior Policy Analyst for Water Security and Climate Change, summarises the research in her blog.


OPM Inception report > 

OPM Bangladesh case study > 

OPM Ethiopia case study > 

OPM Zambia case study > 

OPM Synthesis report >