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Private operators and rural water supplies : can it work?

Numerous cases demonstrate that private operators can improve water services in rural small towns. But what about very small rural settlements or scattered rural homesteads? A recent World Bank study reviewed 25 initiatives that aim to do precisely that—use private operators to manage water infrastructure serving dispersed rural households, or rural settlements with populations under 5,000, on a significant scale. This Smartesson documents some of the findings from the study, and shares lessons about how to improve rural private operator initiatives going forward. [authors abstract]

TitlePrivate operators and rural water supplies : can it work?
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsKleemeier, E.
Pagination5 p. : 1 map, 1 tab.
Date Published2010-11-01
PublisherInternational Finance Corporation
Place PublishedWashington, DC, USA
Keywordscase studies, contracts, legislation, private sector, rural areas, sdiman, water supply services
Abstract

Numerous cases demonstrate that private operators can improve water services in rural small towns. But what about very small rural settlements or scattered rural homesteads? A recent World Bank study reviewed 25 initiatives that aim to do precisely that—use private operators to manage water infrastructure serving dispersed rural households, or rural settlements with populations under 5,000, on a significant scale. This Smartesson documents some of the findings from the study, and shares lessons about how to improve rural private operator initiatives going forward. [authors abstract]

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