Access to water in the slums of sub-Saharan Africa

Hulya Dagdeviren, S.A. Robertson

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This article reviews the changing perspectives for improving access to water in the slums of developing countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. While much of the literature continues to maintain an aversion to state-led urban development policies, there is now increasing emphasis on the importance of informal, small-scale providers and communitarian initiatives, following the many failures of privatisation. The article argues that market-oriented solutions are inappropriate for sub-Saharan African countries where over two-thirds of the urban population live in squatter settlements with multidimensional challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-505
JournalDevelopment Policy Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • water access
  • slums
  • sub-Saharan Africa


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