August 20, 2019
The world faces an invisible crisis of water quality that is eliminating one-third of potential economic growth in heavily polluted areas and threatening human and environmental well-being, according to the report.
August 28, 2019
New World Bank research shows that governments across the world are pouring money into water and sanitation subsidies but all too often that funding doesn’t flow to those who need it most. However, subsidies can be powerful and progressive tools in delivering water and sanitation when they are designed in smart and targeted ways and implemented effectively.
August 27, 2019
The report, funded in part by the Global Water Security & Sanitation Partnership (GWSP), finds that while all employees face certain challenges at different stages of their careers, women in particular face barriers to joining, staying and growing in a sector that is so dominated by men.
May 28, 2019
On Menstrual Hygiene Day (May 28), Join World Bank Vice Presidents Annette Dixon, Hafez Ghanem, Hartwig Schafer, Laura Tuck, Makhtar Diop, Sandie Okoro and others in advocating for the actions needed to break the silence, build awareness, and invest in menstrual hygiene management for all women and girls.
Apr. 3, 2019
Water, sanitation, and hygiene plays a key role in reducing malnutrition. Join us on a virtual journey to Huaichai village, Lao PDR, where families are focusing on improving WASH in pursuit of a better life.
Mar. 21, 2019
On March 21, the eve of World Water Day, we launched a joint report with the World Resources Institute that highlights how a new generation of infrastructure projects harnessing the power of nature can help improve climate resilience and water security.
An important paradigm shift is necessary at multiple levels to advance sustainable sanitation services towards a circular economy in which wastewater is considered a valuable resource rather than a liability. To rise to this wastewater challenge in the region, the World Bank, together with CAF and other partners, is embarking on a new initiative “Wastewater: from waste to resource”.
Feb. 18-22, Cape Town, South Africa
The Water GP convened/co-convened multiple sessions at AfricaSan5 and FSM5, February 18-22. In addition, the GP team met with development partners and government delegations to discuss ways to improve coordination and identify critical actions needed to bring access to scale.
Feb. 22, 2019, Kigali, Rwanda
December 7, 2018, COP24, Poland
At COP24, the World Bank Group announced its new plan on climate financing for 2021-2025, which includes a significant boost for adaptation. What does this mean for our work related to both water resources and water services? Read the blog by Greg Browder, Global Lead for Water Security & Water Resources Management, and watch the replay of Facebook Live from Katowice, Poland.
November 26, 2018
Global Water Security & Sanitation Partnership (GWSP) published its first-ever Annual Report Water’s Edge – Rising to the Challenge of a Changing World which provides a snapshot of its first year of delivery. By bringing innovation, new knowledge and evidence, and flexibility to World Bank lending operations, the GWSP helps clients achieve more significant and more sustainable results.
November 19, 2018
World Toilet Day is an opportunity to remind ourselves of the urgent actions needed to achieve adequate and equitable sanitation for all by 2030. To advance the sanitation agenda, we are working closely with partners, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A new partnership with the Gates Foundation – Urban Sanitation Innovation Partnership – was announced by President Jim Kim during the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing.
November 7, 2018
Effective management of water resources is central to China’s economic prosperity. A report jointly developed by the World Bank and the Development Research Center (DRC) of China’s State Council examines the key water management issues in the context of China’s rapid development and recommends a new approach to the governance of water.
Africa Water Week (AWW-7)
October 29 – November 2, 2018, Libreville, Gabon
Millions of small-scale farmers face significant challenges, including food and water insecurity, dependence on unpredictable rain, and increasing frequency of natural disasters. Farmer-led irrigation is a cost-effective and scalable agricultural water management solution. Scaling up farmer-led irrigation will help farmers adapt to a resource finite world.
August 26-31, 2018, Stockholm, Sweden
The World Bank Group convenes and participates in several sessions of World Water Week 2018, taking place from August 26-31. Check out the list of World Bank Group (co)-convened sessions and sessions with World Bank Group participating speakers.
May 28, 2018
At least 500 million women and girls globally lack adequate facilities for menstrual hygiene management (MHM). Learn about how the World Bank, through qualitative and quantitative analysis, guidance to practitioners, technical support to governments, and partnerships with other organizations, is working to ensure that women and girls are not limited by something as natural as their periods.
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The World Bank’s water portfolio currently covers 175 projects worth US$27 billion in lending and technical expertise. In the "Project of the Month" series, we feature the results achieved by these projects and showcase how the World Bank works with countries to address challenges and deliver solutions on the ground.
For five years, the Thirsty Energy Initiativehas helped countries integrate water constraints into the energy sector and better address water and energy challenges, preparing them for an uncertain future.
8th World Water Forum
The World Bank Water Global Practice participated in a number of events and discussions at the world's largest water-related event, organized by the World Water Council.
March 14, 2018
Concluding the mandate of the HLPW, the panel released an outcome document "Making Every Drop Count: An Agenda for Water Action", which articulates an agenda at three levels: a foundation for action;leading an integrated agenda at the local, country, and regional levels; and catalyzing change, building partnerships and international cooperation at the global level.
Dec. 14, 2017
Under the auspices of Global Water Security and Sanitation Partnership (GWSP), the Water Cartoon Calendar has carried on the tradition of raising awareness around critical global water issues through humor.
Nov. 19, 2017
Citywide Inclusive Sanitation means that everybody benefits from adequate sanitation, with human waste being safely managed at every point along the service chain. The cities show-cased in these videos each demonstrate experiences that have embraced such approaches to ensuring the poor are provided with sanitation services.
Water Supply and Sanitation utilities work together, or “aggregate”, when multiple municipalities unite under a single administrative structure. The World Bank’s Water Global Practice launched a toolkit and background report which explore why, when and how water utilities can work together to provide better services.
Uncharted Waters: The New Economics of Water Scarcity and Variability
Oct. 24, 2017
The report looks at how the increasing number of droughts and floods impact farms, firms, and families in ways that are far costlier and longer lasting than known before.
Sept. 21, 2017
As part of High Level Panel on Water (HLPW)’s campaign for valuing water, the video was shown to a few heads of state at the UN General Assembly 2017 in New York, calling for a fundamental shift in the way the world looks at water.
Beyond Scarcity: Water Security in the Middle East and North Africa
Aug. 29, 2017
The report draws on regional and global examples to show that limited water resources need not restrict the region’s future, but that a combination of technology, policy and management can convert scarcity into security.
Aug. 29, 2017
The report shows how water often reflects, and even reinforces, gender inequality examining how norms and practices related to water often exacerbate ingrained gender and other hierarchies.
Aug. 28, 2017
This initiative – which encompasses 18 countries ranging from fragile and conflict-affected states to middle-income countries – undertook multidisciplinary research and developed innovative methods to fully appreciate the impacts of inadequate services on human development outcomes and identify the binding constraints to service delivery.
August 27 - September 01, 2017
World Water Week in Stockholm is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. People from around the world come to Stockholm to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking, and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today. The World Bank Group has convened and participated in over 30 sessions of 2017 World Water Week.
June 15, 2017
As part of the Thirsty Energy Initiative to incorporate water constraints into its energy-planning model and foster a more sustainable system, the report “Modeling the Water–Energy Nexus: How Do Water Constraints Affect Energy Planning in South Africa?” finds that accounting for the regional variability of water supply (and the associated costs of water supply infrastructure) can significantly impact energy planning, especially in a water-scarce country like South Africa.
May 15, 2017
Water scarce cities around the world, in both high income and developing countries, are undertaking a paradigm shift in how policy, technology, and management systems are applied to improve financial and ecological sustainability and social equity. The Water Scarce Cities (WSC) Initiative brings together practitioners to learn from each other and accelerate the adoption of this new paradigm in all of the water stressed regions of the world.
Apr. 20, 2017
The 2017 SWA High-level Meetings (HLMs), which took place in Washington D.C. on 20 April during World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings, included a Finance Ministers’ Meeting (FMM) convened by the World Bank on behalf of the SWA partnership, and a Sector Ministers’ Meeting convened by UNICEF, including ministers responsible for water, sanitation, and hygiene. Countries and partners discussed national plans to meet the challenges of the water, sanitation and hygiene-related SDG targets and required resources.
Apr. 18, 2017
The report finds that when water insecurity repeatedly affects populations, it can act as a risk multiplier, fueling the perception that institutions and governments are ‘not doing enough’, exacerbating existing grievances, creating new risks, and deepening inequities. In turn, this contributes to destabilizing already fragile contexts, aggravating the challenges of water management, and perpetuating a vicious cycle of water insecurity and fragility.
Mar. 21, 2017
The report finds that many water utilities in Africa are working hard to expand access, but most haven’t kept up with the growing demand or the maintenance on aging infrastructure. This has left only one third of urban residents with piped water to their homes. Increasing access to a safe water supply will require more investment in utility infrastructure, while improving the capacity to operate and maintain services.
Jan. 1, 2017
Even though solar water pumping is ready for mainstreaming and has started to take off in some parts of the world, its benefits remain largely unknown to communities, governments, and development institutions. To address this knowledge gap, the World Bank has developed an accessible and interactive Knowledge Base on Solar Water Pumping, aiming to raise awareness about the technology and provide resources that help incorporate it into operations.