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Summary of evaluation studies in the water supply and sanitation sector. It presents the major findings, lessons, issues, and conclusions of recent studies and reports in the sector.

TitleImproving life for the poor through water supply and sanitation
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsAsian Development Bank -Manila, PH
Secondary TitleAssessing development impact series / ADB
Volumeno. 4
Pagination20 p. : boxes, fig., tab.
Date Published2001-01-01
PublisherAsian Development Bank
Place PublishedManila, Philippines
ISBN Number9715613853
Keywordsenvironmental impact, evaluation, funding agencies, gender, institutional aspects, policies, projects, safe water supply, sanitation, sdiasi, social aspects, sustainability, uebw
Abstract

Summary of evaluation studies in the water supply and sanitation sector. It presents the major findings, lessons, issues, and conclusions of recent studies and reports in the sector. Issues dealt with are institutional efficiency, operations, and management, privatization, socioeconomic impacts and poverty reduction, sanitation, gender, environmental impacts, and sustainability. The two key problems, which are connected, are (i) the low prices typically charged for water, and (ii) the lack of private participation and competition in the industry. Sanitation has been given lower priority than water supply in the countries being assisted. Willingness to pay for provision of wastewater disposal facilities can be very low. It might be concluded that subsidization of investment in sanitation is to some extent inevitable for piped sewerage. ADB's new water policy stresses the need for an integrated water resource management approach, with interlinked investments in river basins.

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