Financing Water in Africa

TITLE: Financing Water in Africa

AUTHOR(S): Bayliss, K.

YEAR: 2013

Despite repeated policy initiatives from donors and governments, the human and economic cost of continued lack of access to safe water and sanitation in subā€Saharan Africa remains high. This paper shows that a radical reorientation of policy is needed to achieve a significant increase in investment finance in order to raise access levels. Rather than continuing to pursue policies that have failed for the past two decades, such as bringing in the private sector and raising prices to cost recovery levels, attention needs to shift to wider aspects of domestic revenue mobilization to support public investment.