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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBrasilia
PublisherInternational Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth
Number of pages31
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009

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NameInternational Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth Working Papers
ISSN (Print)1812-108x


The discussion reveals the failure of public policies as well as markets to provide
satisfactory solutions to the problems of access to a safe, affordable and continuous water supply. In many countries, especially those in Sub-Saharan Africa, access to safe water through household connections declined in the 1990s. Achievements in access rates in many Asian and African economies are the due to widespread use of public water points such as public standpipes and kiosks. These sources are important, but doubtless the quality of access to
water with these facilities is unsatisfactory since they involve greater effort by households, involving queuing, carrying water and lacking continuous access. A substantial proportion of urban dwellers in developing countries, especially in unplanned settlements, rely on a wide range of small-scale providers whose services are vital in the absence of alternatives. Their services, however, are often inferior to those provided by the formal network. Invariably, the
water charges of alternative sources are higher than those for supply from the public network.


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