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Working Paper 140 - Development Aid and Access to Water and Sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa


Providing safe drinking water and basic sanitation to citizens is one of the major challenges facing the African Governments. The issues of access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation is well articulated and prioritized in the various national, continental, and international policy documents, strategy papers, declarations, and conventions. And yet it is not clear if the provision of sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation has been given the requisite financial and other support by the SSA policy makers and donors. An even more important issue is understanding how the African governments have utilized the limited available ODA allocated to Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) sector to guarantee the highest possible performance and deliverance of WSS services to the citizens.

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