The Business Case of Land and Water – Literature research and working case studies

The Wash Alliance International (WAI) actively seeks to learn from past experiences, drawing on these to inform its approach to future programs, and to share insights with interested parties. Important components for WAI in 2016 – within which this project is located – are: 1) to prepare a long-term (2017+) program and secure funding thereto, and 2) to further strengthen the WAI coalition, including partners on the ground. Meanwhile, existing targets have to be met on drinking water and sanitation (business as usual).

This report is the product of an Innovation and Learning track in support of the above goals. Within this track, a working group led by Aidenvironment/RAIN sought to further develop the ‘business case’ around WASH (water for drinking, sanitation, and hygiene) interventions, located on a given landscape.Such approaches are situated in a broader context of governance systems connecting users of water across catchment areas (most significantly in regard to food production and energy, as well as climate resilience); given the considerable role of the private sector in this, there appears to be opportunity to further improve cooperative models which make use of business thinking. It is hoped this will lead to: 1) new investment propositions/ approaches to scale-up climate- and landscape-focused funding efforts, and 2) a clearer understanding of the path forward for innovation in tools to aid implementation of landscape restoration interventions, as well as more refined methods to cooperating with partners.

Developing the business case for Land and Water is a relatively unexplored topic. To ensure relevance, it was decided to take a co-creation approach, with a two-day workshop comprised of an external expert review day, then a WAI-internal discussion day. In preparation for the workshop the team created this research paper based on desk research and best-practices from literature, then engaged with experts to discuss findings and gain additional insights, before iteratively testing the approach outlined herein to structure case analyses and simulations. After feedback was taken into account, a modified framework was designed, and once again tested. Finally, the team created a white paper called ‘The Business Case for Land and Water’ introducing and describing the so called Landscape Canvas, a conceptual framework to be used for developing a business case for land and water related programs and projects.

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For more information, please contact Frederik Claasen.

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