Managing Water in Developing Countries: A Private Sector Participation Approach

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Abstract

Many developing countries are experiencing significant growth in their populations and economies. Governments of these countries are left with the daunting task of securing safe, reliable, and affordable water for their citizens. This is particularly true when considering the rising urban population, significant rural-to-urban migration, reduction in the assistance for water services by donor nations and international agencies, decades of poor public management, and the lack of governments to raise the capital required for operations, maintenance, and expansions of services in the water and sanitation sector (WSS). Technological progress has made it economically feasible to invest more in water delivery systems and increase WSS coverage. Nonetheless, there are still more than 1.9 billion people lacking access to safe drinking water, and more than 2.9 billion people lacking access to adequate sanitation facilities (Finger and Allouche, 2002). In developing countries, the prov
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-38
JournalForum of the Association of Arid Lands Studies
StatePublished - Sep 2004

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