A model for water provision in urban Africa?
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
The bulk of the US $300 million invested in Senegal’s water partnership has come from World Bank loans made to the Senegalese government. And the World Bank seems pleased with its project, noting in an evaluation report in December that “the Senegal case is regarded as a model of public-private partnership in sub-Saharan Africa”.
One of the main criticisms of utility privatisation is that once the water system is being run to make profits, price hikes usually follow which hit hard in a country like Senegal where the average annual income is $550, according to the World Bank.
The Senegalese scheme has set up subsidies for low-consumption users, defined as those using less than 20 cubic metres per month.
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