Water.org, a U.S.-based non-governmental organization working to increase access to water supply and sanitation (WSS). Water.org has been in operation since 1990, implementing sustainable and scalable WSS programs in conjunction with local partners including financial institutions, NGOs, and WSS service providers. Water.org has pioneered its WaterCredit initiative over the last several years, which works by building the capacity of carefully selected local financial institutions (FIs) to offer affordable financing for WSS facilities. Water.org is now exploring partnerships with other types of organizations (non-FIs) that can serve to increase access to WSS.
In Indonesia, Water.org is particularly interested in working directly with urban and peri-urban water utilities, Perusahaan Daerah Air Minums (PDAMs) and sewage utilities, Perusahaan Daerah Penanganan Air Limbahs (PDPALs). The goal of launching such a program would be to enable public utilities (PDAMs and PDPALs) to expand their overall coverage areas, reach a greater percentage of BOP households within their current coverage areas, and/or improve their quality of service. Support provided to public utilities could focus on financing, capacity development, and/or addressing regulatory constraints