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20-40% of Water Sector Finances Are Lost to Corruption in Africa

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Environment, Governance, Human Rights, Law, Politics

Access to water is a human right; Source: actionaid.org [1] with permission

Mustapha Sesay, West Africa Water Integrity Ambassador wrote about corruption in the water sector [2] on the West Africa WASH Journalists Network :

The issue of accessing pure and affordable water is a fundamental human right but this is not given the much needed attention. Corruption in the water sector is ripe and involves all classes of people ranging from the ordinary man, politicians, Heads of Water Institutions and even Non-Governmental organizations working in this sector.Report on “Corruption in the water sector” by Water Integrity Network in a book titled “Training Manual on Water Integrity” states that in the sub-Sahara Africa, forty-four percent (44 %) of the countries are unlikely to attain the Millennium Development Goal target for drinking water eighty-five percent (85%) are unlikely to attain the sanitation aspect. Estimate by the World Bank report suggests that twenty –forty percent (20 – 40% ) of water sector finances are being lost to dishonest practices.