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Privatizing Water and Sanitation Services

Author: World Bank, Published on: 18 May 2007

[Provides papers and links on the subject of water privatisation]...Public sector utilities in developing countries have often not been efficient in providing access to reliable water and sanitation services…The Millennium Development Goals aim to reduce the number of people without access to water and sanitation in half by 2015. Unless the efficiency of service provision is radically improved, achieving this goal will be costly and virtually impossible…Evidence shows that the private sector, under contract with the public sector, has often yielded better results than public sector utilities alone. The ability of the private sector to deliver improved results depends heavily on the design of its contract with the public sector…

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