The results under our projects in FY11 are typical for most years: the 27 projects approved in this year directly benefit 5.1 million, of which 3.5 million and 1.6 million beneficiaries are in urban and rural areas, respectively. Furthermore, 1,307 improved community water points are being constructed or rehabilitated under these projects. About 364,000 new piped water house connections and 499,000 rehabilitated connections are expected. In FY11, 20 water supply and sanitation utilities are being supported -- five are in the Latin America and Caribbean and the remaining 15 are in sub-Saharan Africa.
Responding to the demand from our clients, World Bank water supply and sanitation projects support: i) infrastructure to expand service coverage; ii) improved service quality and financial sustainability; iii) measures to meet the needs of the poor and unserved; and iv) initiatives to build responsive utilities and strengthen local institutions. In addition, and through non-project efforts, the Bank provides no cost assistance for client countries to help them design appropriate policies and suitable legal frameworks that provide incentives to both invest and operate efficiently.
However, with such massive challenges in the water supply and sanitation sector, financing from the public sector and development aid is not enough. Therefore, the World Bank consistently seeks to leverage financing from external partners, governments and the domestic private sector. As an example, the World Bank Water and Sanitation Program recently provided a small amount of funding that allowed some 70 small and medium local private water supply and sanitation enterprises to leverage more than US$10 million. The initiative brought new access to sanitation for 50,000 people and new access to water to nearly 200,000 people.
The World Bank is also a leader in knowledge creation and sharing for water supply and sanitation. Besides the many publications, blogs, speaking engagements and learning events it produces annually, the World Bank regularly partners in a variety of forums at the global, regional and country levels with key agencies (UN Water, UNICEF, WHO, etc). The World Bank is also an active partner in a number of water supply and sanitation networks – such as the International Water Association, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, Sanitation and Water for All, Stockholm International Water Institute, AMCOW, and others.