Water Infrastructure in Central Asia: Promoting Sustainable Financing and Private Capital Participation

Investing in the water sector means investing in economic growth and sustainability. Water is part of every aspect of the economy, particularly in Central Asia—a region heavily dependent on water-intensive agriculture and energy products. Underinvested, undervalued, and underpriced, water becomes a crucial troublemaker across social, economic, and environmental dimensions. While unsafe water and sanitation can cause illnesses by enabling their easy proliferation through boundaries, droughts and floods provoke natural disasters that have broad implications for water, food, energy, and, above all, human security, among other factors. These, in turn, can unlock social and economic disruptions.