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

Online registration is now open. Spaces are limited so book early to secure your place.

For all students wishing to express interest in attending the conference, please fill out this short survey. The Smith School will be in contact early October to let you know if a place can be offered.

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.

Draft programme

A draft programme is now available online.

Confirmed speakers include:

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.

Forum of Federations