Facts and Figures

Overall lending for water remains at less than 6% of total official development assistance.

  • Official development assistance from donor countries and multilateral donors to the water supply and sanitation sector increased during the 1970s and 1980s but decreased during the 1990s, with less aid for large infrastructure, before rising again in 2000.
  • Leaders at the meeting of the G-8 in Evian, France, in June 2002 made a commitment to give priority to the water sector. Official development assistance increased substantially in the years immediately thereafter. While the amount going to the water supply and sanitation sector increased, aid to the other water sectors remained relatively unchanged. However, overall lending for water remained at less than 6% of total official development assistance, and the share of total lending declined.

Related themes: Water, Sanitation and Health; Investing in Infrastructure

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