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Zambia: Water and Sanitation Profile
2008
US Agency for International Development (USAID)


Download full profile: http://pdf.usaid.gov/pdf_docs/PNADO942.pdf

Sector overview

In Zambia, urban and rural access coverage for improved water supply and sanitation (WSS) has increased overall since 1990, but Zambia is still unlikely to meet its MDG targets in water and sanitation. Whereas the Government has developed progressive policies and strategies for meeting the MDG goals, robust commitments to sector policies, increased financing for water and sanitation infrastructure, and better coordination amongst stakeholders are critical to maintaining current coverage rates.

While Zambia has made important advances in regulatory and institutional reform, there must be a continued implementation of national policies and expanded financing and cost recovery strategies. Furthermore, institutional separation between water resource management and regulatory functions need to be completed. Increased institutional capacity of WSS service providers, and improved financial management, will allow increases in efficiency, expanded coverage and better financial viability. In addition, local service providers need the authority and financing to carry out sanitation duties lest urban access to improved sanitation erode further.

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