LAIF finances projects in Latin American countries to facilitate access to safe drinking water and efficient sanitation systems, contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 6 (Ensure access to water and sanitation for all).
Relevant sub-sectors financed include:
Water supply - large systems
Potable water treatment plants; intake works; storage; water supply pumping stations; large scale transmission / conveyance and distribution systems.
Sanitation - large systems
Large scale sewerage including trunk sewers and sewage pumping stations; domestic and industrial waste water treatment plants.
Basic drinking water supply
Rural water supply schemes using handpumps, spring catchments, gravity-fed systems, rainwater collection and fog harvesting, storage tanks, small distribution systems typically with shared connections/points of use. Urban schemes using handpumps and local neighborhood networks including those with shared connections.
Latrines, on-site disposal and alternative sanitation systems, including the promotion of household and community investments in the construction of these facilities.
River basins' development
Infrastructure-focused integrated river basin projects and related institutional activities; river flow control; dams and reservoirs.
Water resources conservation (including data collection)
Collection and usage of quantitative and qualitative data on water resources; creation and sharing of water knowledge; conservation and rehabilitation of inland surface waters (rivers, lakes etc.), ground water and coastal waters; prevention of water contamination.
Water sector policy and administrative management
As a component of a WASH investment programme, LAIF finances water sector policy and governance, including legislation, regulation, planning and management as well as transboundary management of water; institutional capacity development; activities supporting the Integrated Water Resource Management approach.
Education and training in water supply and sanitation
As a component of a WASH investment programme, LAIF finances education and training for sector professionals and service providers.