17. Getting Africa on Track to Meet the MDGs on Water and Sanitation: A Status Overview of Sixteen African Countries

The Overview presents a summary of each country’s progress on these issues and shows the extent to which the sixteen countries have started to make progress towards their Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) targets, and the areas in which they need to redouble their efforts. It reveals that very few countries are reaching high levels of preparedness, and a large number are very far from being prepared to take on the challenges of the sector. The information on sector preparedness is complemented with a large amount of data on sector financing, including the total investment required for both new systems and rehabilitation of existing ones. The commitment to reaching the WSS targets in each country is illustrated by examining the planned public investments, which were derived from investment plans, budget documents and project reports. Despite the challenges of acquiring reliable data from such a broad range of countries and agencies, the Country Status Overview (CSO) has proved itself to be a powerful tool for comparison and analysis to be used by African sector leaders and support agencies to assess progress of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Roadmaps over time. It is envisaged that the Overview will be reviewed and updated periodically. (Link)


African Minister’s Council on Water (AMCOW); African Development Bank; EU Water Initiative – Finance Working Group (EUWI-FWG); UNDP; Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) – The World Bank. 2006. Getting Africa on Track to Meet the MDGs on Water and Sanitation: A Status Overview of Sixteen African Countries. 120 p.

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