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An introduction to the UDUMA model based on long-term affermage contracts with local authorities and blended finance, which is being piloted in Burkina Faso and Mali.

TitleConditions for private sector involvement and financing in rural water supply
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2019
Authorsvan der Wilk, N
Secondary TitleAll systems go! WASH Systems Symposium, The Hague, the Netherlands, 12-14 March 2019
Pagination8 p.
Date Published02/2019
Place PublishedThe Hague, the Netherlands
Publication LanguageEnglish
Keywordsaffermage contracts, blended finance, UDUMA model

340 million people living in rural areas across sub-Sahara Africa still lack access to basic drinking water services. In order to achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030, it is essential to explore new water service delivery models and means of funding these. The UDUMA model put forward by the Odial Solutions Group demonstrates that private sector actors, under certain conditions, can lead the development and financing of such new sustainable rural water supply initiatives. UDUMA introduces an alternative operation and maintenance (O&M) model for small piped networks and manual pumps in rural and semi-urban areas. An innovative revenue collection system and the large scale at which projects are developed guarantee a steady cash flow and reduce risks. The use of new technologies contributes to operational efficiency. The users benefit from an improved and sustainable access to clean drinking water, with elevated service standards, affordable for even the poorest households. Based on long-term affermage contracts with local authorities, the financial and social returns on investment make it possible to attract alternative public and private funds for modernising and expanding rural drinking water infrastructure. There are however a number of pre-conditions to be able to call upon such blended finance solutions. [author abstract]


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