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World Bank Brief Water Supply and Sanitation

By The World Bank

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Book Id: WPLBN0000198625
Format Type: PDF eBook
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Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: World Bank Brief Water Supply and Sanitation  
Author: The World Bank
Language: English
Subject: Economics, Finance & business, World Bank.
Collections: Economics Publications Collection
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Publisher: The World Bank


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I: INVESTMENT WITHOUT REFORM WILL BE INEFFECTUAL IN REACHING THE MILLENIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS: Creating the conditions for reform is the first priority: Millions of people, the vast majority of whom are very poor, still lack access to safe water and improved sanitation. Changing this situation means creating the right conditions for more accountable, efficient, equitable and effective service providers who can supply water for all in the long term. Making this change often requires hard political decisions and changes in policies to place people at the center of decision making. Investments worldwide also need to increase. Communities need to be in control: Experience proves time and again that communities that are empowered to make investment and operational decisions about their own water supply and sanitation services are more likely to benefit over the long term. Few countries have yet implemented the broad reforms which would place people at the center. The poor in cities, rural areas AND secondary towns all need to be served: Significant numbers of poor people are not benefiting from reform of urban utilities or rural service provision because they live in secondary towns. Efforts must be made to improve service provision in these communities and to prepare them for longer term expansion and development. Governments remain in control but their role must change: Using the private sector or communities to deliver services is an effective way to improve performance. However, overall control of the policy environment and of the resource always remains the responsibility of sovereign governments. Good governance is essential to protect the interests of consumers.


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