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Water and Sanitation

Water, Sanitation and Solid Waste

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water, sanitation and solid waste services for all.

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Sector Framework Initiatives Projects at a Glance
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The IDB Group activities in water, sanitation and solid waste support the elimination of inequities, achieving the universalization of efficient, affordable, sustainable, and good quality services. 

Water and sanitation system in Latin America

(i) Promote universal access to quality water and sanitation services;

 (ii) Improve financing and governance frameworks; 

(iii) Increase the efficiency of service providers and promoting private sector participation, with a view to achieving sustainable services; 

(iv) Incorporate disaster risk management and climate change considerations into the definition of sector policies and programs and promoting water security; 

 (v) Drive innovation in the sector.

We offer solutions

We offer solutions that address water, sanitation, solid waste management together with health and hygiene. education, gender and other environmental and social issues.


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Water utilities


We work with water utilities to improve access to quality services, governance and efficiency.

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We focus on protecting water resources


We focus on protecting water resources and promoting climate actions

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We focus on inclusion and promote community involvement

We promote gender and inclusion in policies and projects. We also promote community involvement, especially in planning, design, execution, and maintenance of services.

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Solid Waste Management

We support our lending member countries in their efforts to provide universal access to solid waste management services, promoting the incorporation of circular economy principles, incentivizing waste prevention and recovery, and ensuring the correct final disposal of items that cannot be reused. We provide technical support and financing for projects that allow those objectives to be reached, through the financing of investments and capacity building, knowledge, and innovation.

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Program in Brazil will Improve Environmental and Health Conditions of Federal District Population with IDB Support
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $100 million loan to improve environmental conditions and sanitation for the inhabitants of Brazil's Federal District. This Multiple Works Program will enhance the water supply service and expand and optimize wastewater collection and treatment...
July 08, 2024
Two Innovative Solutions Win Challenge to Tackle Water and Sanitation Needs of Latin America
The AquaCerta Challenge, aiming to strength water systems and innovation in our region, received 31 proposals through IDB Lab. A new call opens to continue identifying proposals and products developed by the private sector. In a joint effort to promote innovative solutions in the water and sanitation...
March 22, 2024
IDB Supports Improved Water and Solid Waste Management in Uruguay
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $200 million loan to support a program in Uruguay to boost water security and environmental sustainability, with a focus on circularity and mitigating and adapting to climate change. Its specific objectives are to enhance water resource...
December 04, 2023
Illustration on IDB Blog about Adriana Acuna The businesswoman who broke the glass ceiling in the Costa Rican water administration

Although the administration and organization around water in her community was dominated by men, Adriana made her way with improvements in the work environment, supervision of projects, and inclusion of all members of her community.

Sonia Henriquez Illustration-water and sanitation blog IDB Sonia Henríquez: Bridging Development and Indigenous Cosmovision for a Sustainable Future

Sonia was born in Sasardi Muladub, an island in Tubualá, a township of the Guna Yala region (also known as Kuna Yala or Dulenega) on the east coast of the Panamanian Caribbean.

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