Can New Partnerships Get Urban Water Working?
The world is going urban. Sixty percent of the global population is expected to live in urban areas by 2030, according to the UN Population Fund. Delivering water services across swelling towns and cities is a huge challenge, and in sub-Saharan Africa – the focus of this Opinion – the proportion of urban people with household water connections has already fallen, from 43% in 1990 to 35% in 2008. The author believes that new kinds of partnership can help meet the water needs of African cities, by building the core capacities of water providers and finding new ways to serve the hard-to-reach.
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