How OBA is being used to help the urban poor access water services

The theme of World Water Day (WWD) 2011 is Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge. Now in its 18th year, WWD is an annual opportunity to remind all of us about an ongoing global problem for many, the lack of access to clean and affordable water. According to the World Health Organization:



“1.1 billion people globally do not have access to improved water supply sources whereas 2.4 billion people do not have access to any type of improved sanitation facility. About 2 million people die every year due to diarrhoeal diseases, most of them are children less than 5 years of age.”

Urbanization, the movement of people from the rural to urban areas, has seen cities grow dramatically in both developing and developed economies. In developing countries, the lack of access to clean water and sanitation services is painfully illustrated in places like Kibera (Nairobi, Kenya), known as the biggest slum in Africa and one of the biggest in the world. The Kibera experience provides a snapshot of what the lack of water resources looks like for slum-dwellers on a day-to-day basis.

Read more on Water For Cities at GPOBA's website