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Combating corruption is of utmost importance to achieve the target of MDGs in water supply, sanitation and health

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About 20-40% of water finnaces is being lost due to dishonest and corrupt practices ( The World Bank).  As per Global Water Corruption Report corruption increases price of water networks from 25-45% and construction sector is the most corrupted one. Contractors pay bribes to win contracts and then the low quality work and materials resulting shorter life and limited capacity of water networks. The cost for a household connection is US$ 400.

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MASS MEDIA AS A TOOL OF SOLVING WASH CHALLENGES OF THE URBAN AND RURAL POOR

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The crisis of lack of access to Water and Sanitation services, affects the poor most. Poor people residing in rural areas and especially in urban slums do not have access and public and private servie providers do not have plans to deliver services to poor areas.

Policy makers are seldom aware of the challenges being faced by the poor in accessing services, mainly because the voices of the poor are rarely heard in debates on problems and solutions on water issues.

To address this problem, WASH Journalists in the West Africa region where about 300million people lack access to WASH services, formed a regional network with the strategic objective of amplifying the voices of poor people on WASH issues and increase visibility of lack of access of the region’s poor to water and sanitation services, and generate discussions on practical, low cost, and people centred programmes to resolve this challenge.

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