Investments in the development of water resources not only benefit the water sector, but also socio-economic development in general.

When compared to investments in sectors such as telecommunications and energy, these investments may appear to be low productive and unprofitable. But from a national or regional point of view, they can be extremely productive and benefit many key sectors such as health, energy, agriculture, environment. The levels of investments today in institutions and water infrastructure are far from sufficient.

An overview of the state of infrastructure and funding
The most important distinction concerns, on the one hand, water as a resource to be developed and managed for the good of all its functions and its users, and on the other hand, water as a as a service, provided, after deduction from the resource, to its very many users.
In both cases, funding is necessary; in both cases, it is currently insufficient.