Valuing Water for Sustainable Development

7 November 2017, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford

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.


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


Global and regional leaders from academia, industry, governments, civil society and development practice.

Event registration

Registration is now closed.

Guidance on planning your trip to Oxford can be found here. If you have any questions regarding the event, contact Fran Walker, Events and Engagement Co-ordinator at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.


The final programme is now available online.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Fred Boltz, Managing Director for Ecosystems, Rockefeller Foundation;
  • Dr Nicholas Brozovic, Director of Policy, Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute, University of Nebraska;
  • Dr Richard Damania, Global Lead Economist, Water Global Practice, World Bank;
  • Kathleen Dominique, Environmental Economist, OECD
  • Prof Michael Hanemann, Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics, University of California - Berkeley;
  • Prof Cameron Hepburn, Professor of Environmental Economics, the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School and Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (SSEE), University of Oxford;
  • Dr Guy Hutton, Senior Advisor WASH, UNICEF;
  • Ambika Jindal, Vice President, Sustainable Finance, ING;
  • Dr Xavier Leflaive, Water Team Lead, OECD;
  • Dr Nathanial Matthews, Programme Director, Global Resilience Partnership;
  • Stuart Orr, Freshwater Practice Lead, WWF-International;
  • Henk Ovink, Special Envoy International Water Affairs, Government of the Netherlands;
  • Jennifer Sara, Director, Water Global Practice, World Bank.

Convened by the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, in collaboration with the Oxford Water Network, Environmental Change Institute, REACH, Forum of Federations, and the World Bank.

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