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Effective targeting of water supply subsidies

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has taken a tremendous toll on the health and well-being of people around the globe, driving many low-income households into poverty. Recent analyses shows these economic impacts will be long-lived, with reports suggesting all progress made in reducing global poverty since 2015 was lost in the first half of 2020. In the months and years ahead, a growing number of households will struggle to meet their basic needs for food, shelter and services such as water supply. Relief measures such as the provision of highly subsidized infrastructure and service delivery that have been launched as part of the COVID-19 emergency response will likely need to be extended for some time.

This Research Review provides an overview of subsidy targeting strategies and the conditions under which they have proven successful or not, drawing on more than three decades of applied academic and professional research.

TitleEffective targeting of water supply subsidies
Publication TypeResearch Report
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsDavis, J., Cardone, R., Horton, M., Piu, C., Winter, J.
Secondary TitleStanford Program on Water, Health & Development. Research review
Volume1
Pagination6 p. : 2 fig., photogr.
Date Published11/2020
PublisherStanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Place PublishedStanford, CA, USA
Publication LanguageEnglish
Abstract

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has taken a tremendous toll on the health and well-being of people around the globe, driving many low-income households into poverty. Recent analyses shows these economic impacts will be long-lived, with reports suggesting all progress made in reducing global poverty since 2015 was lost in the first half of 2020. In the months and years ahead, a growing number of households will struggle to meet their basic needs for food, shelter and services such as water supply. Relief measures such as the provision of highly subsidized infrastructure and service delivery that have been launched as part of the COVID-19 emergency response will likely need to be extended for some time.

This Research Review provides an overview of subsidy targeting strategies and the conditions under which they have proven successful or not, drawing on more than three decades of applied academic and professional research.

Notes

Includes ref. A supplementary bibliography on subsidies and targeting is available on the WHD website.

URLhttps://water.stanford.edu/research/research-reviews
Citation Key87348

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