Digital Finance and Sustainable Water Service for all

Resource published April 26, 2017

This brief examines specific barriers to access and sustainability in the water sector, and discusses channels which DFS can help providers overcome those barriers.

Digital financial services (DFS) are important tools that help make water provision financially and operationally sustainable by linking innovative technology with improved ways of delivering the service. Digital Financial Services (DFS) are unlikely to facilitate large capital expenditures: pipes, treatment facilities, pumps, etc. The advantages of digital are likely to be seen at the “last mile” for both providers and consumers, where DFS can lower the cost of lending or saving to finance connections (expanded access), as well as making frequent bill payments more efficient and affordable (sustainable provision).

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