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Ensuring Sustainable Access to Drinking Water in Sub Saharan Africa: Conflict Between Financial and Social Objectives

Marta Marson and Ivan Savin

World Development, 2015, vol. 76, issue C, 26-39

Abstract: We study a model explaining dynamics in water coverage that accounts for financial performances of utilities. Our dataset covers 25 Sub-Saharan countries from 1996 to 2012. Results suggest that access to water depends upon financial results, but this relationship is not linear: we find important access increases for relatively low levels of capital cost recovery and deterioration of access performances beyond a certain threshold. Our results are consistent with the literature about risks of corporatization and potential conflict between financial and social objectives in the water sector, and they provide supporting quantitative evidence and recommendations for sector policies in the region.

Keywords: cost recovery; Sub Saharan Africa; water access; corporatization; water utilities (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2015.06.002

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