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How Small Water Enterprises can contribute to the Millennium Development Goals: evidence from Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, Khartoum and Accra

For centuries, Small Water Enterprises (SWEs)have supplied a large share of the water market in the urban centres of most low-income countries. Such SWEs have proved themselves economically viable, and often operate in competitive conditions. They extend water services to informal settlements that have little prospect of being supplied with piped water from the local utility. Unfortunately, they attract comparatively little investment, and even less support from governments. The incremental but critically important improvements they provide tend to be overlooked by governments and international agencies as in international statistics any household that gets water from vendors is defined as lacking access to improved water supplies.....

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  • IIED code: G00503
  • Published: 2006 - Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WDECD)
  • Area: Tanzania, Kenya, Sudan, Ghana
  • Theme: Urban
  • Language: English

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