Water.org Global Credit Enhancement Facility (IFC-41575)

  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Philippines
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Nov 22, 2019
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Water.org Inc.
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Finance
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 50.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 50.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Mar 13, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Sep 16, 2019

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Project Description
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According to the bank document, IFC and Water.org have teamed up to create a market-based, credit enhancement offering called the Global Credit Enhancement Facility (GCEF or Facility). The GCEF is designed to support financial institutions (FIs) such as commercial banks and microfinance banks to increase the availability of water and sanitation (WSS) loans to borrowers at the base of the economic pyramid still lacking basic services.

The Facility will provide credit enhancements structured as risk-sharing facilities for portfolios of water and sanitation loans made by local banks, thus mitigating credit risks and enabling local banks to introduce or scale up lending for WSS assets. GCEF’s credit enhancement offering will consist of guarantor funding raised by Water.org, as the subordinated or first loss tranche, and IFC funding, as the senior or second loss tranche. The GCEF will look to support banks in a number of countries, including India, Kenya, Bangladesh, the Philippines and Indonesia.

Investment Description
Here you can find a list of individual development financial institutions that finance the project.

The proposed GCEF would be capitalized by a two-tier structure consisting of a first loss tranche of subordinated notes and a mezzanine or second loss tranche of senior notes. GCEF is looking to attract US$50 million in first loss funding and US$50 million in mezzanine funding from IFC. The proposed IFC investment, a second loss credit guarantee facility of up to US$50 million, will be used to purchase tranches of senior notes issued by the GCEF. 

Private Actors Description
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The project sponsor is Water.org, an international non-profit organization that has positively transformed more than 22 million lives around the world through access to safe water and sanitation. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, Water.org pioneers market-driven financial solutions to the global water crisis. For more than 25 years, it has been providing women hope, children health and families a future. Water.org currently has active programs in 13 countries located in 3 regions, representing approximately half of the global need for water and sanitation.

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1/ Project Contact

Ms. Vedika Bhandarkar
Managing Director, India
+91 22 2361 4123
117 West 20th Street, Suite 203, Kansas City, MO 64108

2/ IFC Contact

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