Access to safe water reduces inequality and promotes economic development. Time spent gathering water accounts for an estimated 24 billion USD in lost economic opportunity each year.2
Our Impact By the Numbers
committed capital to solving Sustainable Development Goal 6
people reached with safe water or sanitation
microloans made to low-income consumers
of microloan end-clients are women
For investors who believe markets can deliver financial returns while solving social challenges.
WaterEquity is an asset manager exclusively focused on solving one of the most urgent issues of our time—the global water and sanitation crisis. We invest in financial institutions, enterprises, and infrastructure in emerging markets delivering access to safe water and sanitation to low-income communities, aligning investor values with risk-adjusted returns.
Founded by award-winning entrepreneurs Gary White and Matt Damon of Water.org and led by Paul O’Connell, the success of WaterEquity is built on decades of experience investing in water and sanitation in emerging markets, seeking social and financial returns.
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Urgent Need of Our Time: Mission Related Investments in Clean Water Combat Both COVID-19 and Climate Change
“We cannot wait for the dust to settle, or the pandemic to end, to act.”
The Skoll Foundation has committed a catalytic investment in WaterEquity to fight the global water and climate crisis. Read the latest thought leadership piece co-authored by Skoll and WaterEquity calling on mission-driven investors to join.
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For Milken Institute’s Power of Ideas series, our co-founders Matt Damon and Gary White explain how WaterEquity is forging a global capital market that closes the financial gap and enables all members of our global community to access basic resources.
"By 2050, one in four people will be living in a country affected by severe water shortages."
– United Nations
"Development in the 21st century needs to be about financing, not just pledges and giving."
– Judy Rodin, former President, Rockefeller Foundation
"The water management, supply & sanitation sector is currently financing only 15% of its needs."
– World Bank / UNICEF
"Between 55 to 68 percent of formal small and medium enterprises in emerging markets are either unserved or underserved by financial institutions."
– World Bank
"By 2030, under current water management and pricing regimes, water demand will exceed supply by about 40%."
– World Bank
"The water crisis is the #1 global risk based on impact to society (as a measure of devastation) as announced by the World Economic Forum, January 2017."
– Global Risks 2017 Report. World Economic Forum, 2017