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Resilient Water Accelerator (RWA)

The climate crisis is a water security crisis. 90% of climate disasters are water-related, whether that be drought, floods, sea level rise, or severe storms. Yet, only 3% of the global climate finance goes to water, and only 9% of that is private. 

The Resilient Water Accelerator (RWA) is transforming how climate-resilient water interventions and financing are developed and secured.

Launched in 2 countries – Bangladesh and Nigeria – the RWA has a clear approach: build a common water vision with stakeholders; prepare an investible, high-impact pipeline of water sector deals to catalyze public and private finance; and shift the underlying data, policy and regulatory environment for investments.


GDI’s role

WaterAid UK – together with AfDB, FCDO, the Dutch Government, WRI, Sustainable Markets Initiative, and others – built out an initial model for the Accelerator, and GDI is helping refine it and bring it to life. 

GDI is scaling the effort through strategic guidance, operational support, and execution capabilities, especially around building large-scale multi-stakeholder initiatives.