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UNU-WIDER WP/2013/088 Universal access to drinking water: the role of aid

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WP/2013/088 Universal access to drinking water: the role of aid

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Financing and the role of aid within the water sector are poorly understood. We estimate the levels of spending achieved in developing countries during the Millennium Development Goals period to be US$80 billion per year. Aid represented a substantial proportion of total sector financing in sub-Saharan Africa and Oceania (25 and 10 per cent, respectively) but less in other regions. Longitudinal analysis shows no detectable effect of volume of aid on progress. Importantly, we were unable to evaluate ‘catalytic’ aid. As the world approaches universal access to improved water, aid must increasingly focus on sustaining progress and assisting countries that still have sizable unserved populations.
Publisher:
UNU-WIDER
Series:
WIDER Working Paper
Volume:
2013/088
Title:
WP/2013/088 Universal access to drinking water: the role of aid
Authors:
Robert Bain, Rolf Luyendijk and Jamie Bartram
Publication date:
September 2013
ISBN 13 Web:
978-92-9230-665-6
Copyright holder:
© UNU-WIDER
Copyright year:
2013
Keywords:
water supply, foreign aid, Millennium Development Goals
JEL:
F35, O18, H41, L95
Sponsor:
UNU-WIDER gratefully acknowledges specific programme contributions from the governments of Denmark (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danida) and Sweden (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency—Sida) for ReCom. UNU-WIDER also gratefully acknowledges core financial support to its work programme from the governments of Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Format:
online

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