Valuing Water for Sustainable Development

Addressing global development challenges requires valuing and managing water effectively. Achieving universal, safely managed water and sanitation by 2030 is projected to require capital expenditures of USD 114 billion per year. Investment on this scale, along with the accompanying policy reforms to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), can be motivated by a growing appreciation of the value of water.

The OECD Roundtable on Financing Water, UN/World Bank High Level Panel on Water, and initiatives across the developing world create a global opportunity to rethink how we value water and to take stock of rapidly changing models and approaches for financing and allocation.

Join us in Oxford, on 7 November, for a one-day forum to advance new approaches to water valuation, finance and allocation. This forum will convene enterprise, development and government partners to advance action and learning from global experiences.


  • Frame the opportunities for valuing water to address global development challenges;
  • Understand the drivers, barriers and opportunities for new financial models and allocation systems;
  • Learn from field experiences with new models of infrastructure finance and water allocation reform; and
  • Establish priorities and strengthen partnerships to develop, test and scale up new and existing approaches.

Further event details and guidance on planning your trip to Oxford is available here.