Political stability has heavily influenced progress in improving access to water supply and sanitation services with low-income stable countries outperforming low-income fragile and resource-rich countries. ”This breaks with the common perception that access to sanitation and water increases with GDP”, says Senior Financial Specialist Dominick de Waal, lead author of a new report  by the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program (WSP).
The report, commissioned by the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW), maps progress in water supply and sanitation of 32 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. WSP carried out the country studies together with the African Development Bank in close partnership with UNICEF, WHO, and the 32 governments.
A second key finding of the report is that a shift in aid modalities from donor-driven projects to country-led programmatic approaches, can potentially increase access to water and sanitation services for millions of people by 2015.
To accelerate progress, at least an additional US$ 6 billion a year of domestic and donor funds are needed, the report says.
 De Waal, D., Hirn, M., and Mason, N. (2011). Pathways to progress : transitioning to country-led service delivery pathways to meet Africa’s water supply and sanitation targets : AMCOW country status overviews regional synthesis report. Nairobi, Kenya, Water and Sanitation Program – African Region. Download synthesis report and country studies
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Source: WSP, 22 Aug 2011