A World Bank report recently launched titled Reducing Inequalities in Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene in the Era of the Sustainable Development Goals suggests that a drastic change is required in the way countries manage resources and provide key services, starting with better targeting to ensure they reach those most in need, and tackling inefficiencies to make sure public services are sustainable and effective.
The report examines a number of questions: Who are the poor people in a country and where do they live? What is their level of access to quality Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) services? What are the linkages of inadequate WASH services with health and nutrition? And what are the binding constraints to improving service delivery?
This report is part of the World Bank’s ongoing WASH Poverty Diagnostics initiative, which consists of 18 reports in client countries.