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Date: January 2017 | Client: International Finance Corporation (IFC) | Sector: Water | Water networks | Expertise: Appraisal & evaluation

Evaluating the social and economic impact of investments in wastewater

How we did it

The review aimed to identify adequacy of existing tools for assessing wastewater corporate investments’ development impacts, as a precursor to developing a dedicated Environmental and Social Impact Evaluation (ESIE) framework for IFC’s investments in the sector. 

What we found

We summarised these findings and proposed a Wastewater sector Theory of Change that describes the chain of events triggered by an IFC investment that leads to development impacts. Finally we identified ESIE methodologies, assessed their adequacy, and specified the corresponding data requirements to estimate the development impacts of IFC investments in the wastewater sector.

CEPA also was commissioned to evaluate IFC's Chinese portfolio and provide an excel-based tool to help IFC conduct its own ex-ante analysis.

To find out more, please contact our experts listed below.

Oliver Bubb-Humfryes
Managing Consultant United Kingdom