Donors shun water projects

A key development goal to halve the number of people without access to basic sanitation by 2015 will be missed because donor countries have diverted aid money away from unglamorous water projects, according to the World Bank and the charity WaterAid.

Aid to give people in developing countries access to clean water and sanitation has been shrinking as a proportion of global aid budgets, new research has shown, with the result that more than a billion people will not get the help they were promised by rich countries under the Millennium Development Goals.

Instead, donors are restricting aid to projects such as schools and hospitals — even though the benefits of those are diminished if their recipients have no clean water or toilets.

Source: The Hindu

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