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Vol 46 No 24

Published 2nd December 2005


Privatisation flood

The ideology that has taken over Western utilities spreads in Africa

In Africa, as across the world, water is a hot topic. The hottest current debate is about whether its supply should be organised by private companies or, as has been the case, by government agencies. Meanwhile, many people in Africa who officially enjoy clean water have none at all. Most of Africa is short of water. That usually means it would be available if it were not so deep and so costly to pump and distribute. Where water is readily available, it is often far from towns or too expensive for rural people to lift from rivers.

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