Contribution Earth Security Initiative (ESI)

The ESI is an independent think tank which aims at catalyzing the global financial and industry sectors to define and leverage global finance innovations that contribute directly to cooperation between different sectors and countries for sustainable water management and poverty alleviation. This SDC contribution will promote the development of new financial mechanisms aligned with sustainable development policy objectives and priorities of developing countries to the benefit of society and natural resources.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Conservazione delle risorse idriche
Diplomazia e sicurezza dell'acqua
01.10.2018 - 30.09.2021
CHF 1'660'000
Contesto By 2030, over 40% of the world’s population will be living in severely water-stressed river-basins. Transboundary tensions over water are expected to rise sharply in the coming decades. This will be aggravated by climate change, by the growing demands for energy, agriculture and other industries, and the degradation of natural ecosystems. Therefore, ensuring water security through cooperation depends on transboundary and trans-sectoral dynamics. This includes public sector action, but also the private - and particularly the mainstream private financial sector - to take into account sustainable water and ecosystem management and cooperation.
Obiettivi To catalyze innovations in business and finance mechanisms that incentivise cooperation between different sectors and countries on water and inter-related themes of climate adaptation, ecosystem resilience and pro-poor development.
Gruppi target governments, basin organisations, private financial sector.
Effetti a medio termine
  • Global analysis that applies a private sector oriented quantitative SDG-based index has facilitated the practical integration of the value of cooperation on water and related thematic areas between different sectors and countries into financial, business and policy decision-making
  • A range of innovative new mechanisms to integrate cooperation between sectors and countries on water and related thematic areas into financial, business and policy decision-making in collaboration with these actors are identified, and environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles and relevant SDGs are applied by investors
  • Governments, multilateral institutions and related actors are sensitized to integrate cooperation between sectors and countries on water and related thematic areas, into financial and business sector decision-making

Risultati principali attesi:  

  • Global Analytical Knowledge Products and policy dialogues at global and regional levels
  • Innovative new initiatives integrating (transboundary) cooperation on water and related themes into decision-making and mobilizing new financial resources created

Risultati fasi precedenti:  

  1. An easy-to understand analytical tool for decision-making, providing the evidence that the private sector needs to engage more on development policy priorities (the Earth Security Index). The framework uses official country data to represent priorities on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  2. An action-research method to effectively engage the global financial sector and key industries to understand the links of development problems to core business issues and validates with banks practical proposals for cross-sector cooperation, while building the relationships and aligning interests to drive outcomes in those proposals.

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Cooperazione allo sviluppo
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
  • Other international or foreign NGO North

Altri partner
Germany (BMU)
Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori Geneva Water Hub, Strategic Foresight Group, IUCN, UNESCO, UNECE Transboundary Water Convention; Multilateral Development Banks (e.g. World Bank, ADB, AfDB, AIIB)
Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF   1'660'000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF   360'343
Fasi del progetto Fase 99 01.09.2018 - 31.03.2024   (Fase in corso) Fase 2 01.10.2018 - 30.09.2021   (Fase in corso) Fase 1 01.05.2014 - 30.09.2018   (Completed)