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Breaking Corruption’s Grip on the Water Sector

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Stålgren, Patrik
Journal: Stockholm Water Front
Page(s): 12-13
Date: 2006
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5272
Sector: Social Organization
Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: Africa
Subject(s): corruption
water management
water resources
governance and politics
cost benefit analysis
Abstract: "Corruption is increasingly recognised as one of the major challenges facing the water sector. The World Bank estimates that corruption undermines efficiency in the water sector by 20-40%. This scale is significant. In sub-Saharan Africa alone, with its USD 6.7 billion annual price tag to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a 30% leakage is more than USD 20 billion in losses over the next decade. Research published by Transparency International shows that if water utilities in Africa would operate in a corruption-free environment, efficiency would increase by 64%. Put another way, nearly two-thirds of the operating costs for providing water in Africa are due to corruption."

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