Short training course on Financing of Water Infrastructure Projects

13 April 2018

The short training course on Financing of Water Infrastructure Projects, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, 10 – 13 April 2018. Participants included those involved in planning, development and management of water and sanitation infrastructure, i.e. water managers, decision-makers, planners at the river basin and national levels as well as in-country public service providers such as water utilities and municipality staff from SADC countries. The course was facilitated by WaterNet on behalf of the SADC Water Division and funded by the cooperation of the German and British Governments through the delegated authority of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The main objective of the course is to:

  • Build skills and knowledge on how Member States and RBOs can adopt innovative approaches for mobilising financial resources for water infrastructure projects.
  • The specific objectives of the training course is to:
  • Enhance understanding on financing trends in the water sector through a historical perspective;
  • To have an appreciation of infrastructure funding opportunities available in the region.
  • Appreciate the financing mechanisms and procedures for public water infrastructure projects;
  • Appreciate the challenges of resource mobilisation, especially the funders’ requirements, and how they can be dealt with;
  • Create awareness on current initiatives and funding by providing case studies from the region;
  • Gain practice in application procedures for selected funding options such as the Project Preparation Development Fund (PPDF) and the SADC Water Fund;
  • Appreciate the legal and institutional arrangements that hinder or support mobilisation of finances for water infrastructure.
  • Develop skills on how RBOs can effectively and efficiently manage financial resources for infrastructure development
  • Analyze the financial position of a water organisation through an analysis of financial statements.
  • Define project finance and identify risks allocation in the development of a (finance) project
  • Develop business case for a water related project by selecting appropriate financing mechanisms and developing a risk profile
  • Recognize and implement financial controlling tools to the specific needs of a water organization. 

Participants were awarded with certificates of participation at the end of the course.