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TitleListening to those working with communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America to achieve the UN goals for water and sanitation
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsWSSCC -Geneva, CH, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council
Pagination80 p. : tab.
Date Published2004-01-01
PublisherWater Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, WSSCC
Place PublishedGeneva, Switzerland
Keywordsbangladesh, bolivia, case studies, colombia, india, kenya, low-income communities, madagascar, nepal, policies, sanitation, sdipol, south africa, uganda, water supply

This publication ask the question, now that water, sanitation, and hygiene are back on the international agenda, why decades of effort and billions of dollars of investment in water and sanitation programmes have yielded so little progress? What has been learnt? What are the new approaches that work? Why are they not yet gaining traction? And what can be done to achieve the Millennium Development Goalsfor Water and Sanitation? This publication attempts to bring to an international audience the views of some of the practitioners who work with communities. It is dedicated to listening to, and if possible amplifying, the voices of those with long experience of, and commitment to, the cause of ‘water, sanitation and hygiene for all’. It brings together the contributions of engineers, sociologists, doctors, community and NGO leaders, government ministers, local government officials, academics, and private sector executives from Asia, Africa and Latin America. Taken together, these contributions add up to a description, from many different perspectives, of the ‘new approach’ to water and sanitation in poor urban and rural communities of the developing world. The report also includes statistics on access to safe water and sanitation facilities.

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