28. Against the Current: How to Shape an Enabling Environment for Sustainable Water Delivery in Nigeria – Delivery Case Study

Nigeria has enough surface and ground water to meet domestic demand, but as of 2004 half of its urban population did not have access to piped water. And for those who did have access, water taps flowed only a few hours a day. Rapid urban population growth of 5.7 percent per year heightened the difficulties faced by State Water Agencies (SWAs) in meeting the need for piped water and expanding production capacity. In 2004, following six major national-level water projects, the Federal Government of Nigeria joined with The World Bank to address the institutional weaknesses of urban water utilities under the National Urban Water Sector Reform Project (NUWSRP1). This case study is part of a series on Doing Development Differently (DDD) in Nigeria. This series seeks to support the World Bank’s Nigeria country team in strengthening its effectiveness by tailoring interventions to the local context using World Bank support to leverage system wide change and systematically learn by doing. This case inquiry highlights valuable lessons on how to shape an enabling environment for sustainable water service delivery in the water sector, given the existence of longstanding informal and formal institutions. (Link)


Hima, H.; Santibanez, C. 2015. Against the Current: How to Shape an Enabling Environment for Sustainable Water Delivery in Nigeria – Delivery Case Study. Global Delivery Initiative, Doing Development Differently (DDD), The World Bank Nigeria. 40 p.

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