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Keeping promises

Unless investment is increased, the challenges of urbanisation, climate change and, most critically, population growth, risk turning the clock back on sanitation access even further

A boy with his back to the camera standing next to a badly polluted riverKeeping promises is a synthesis of five case studies on financing for the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector. The case studies were produced in Ghana, Niger, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Uganda.

The report provides in-depth analysis of budgeting, spending and funding gaps on WASH and identifies bottlenecks that are common across the five countries. 

In particular, the report highlights one common theme that links all five case studies, and which can be seen more broadly across Sub-Saharan Africa: the neglect in national budgets of sanitation and hygiene. It argues for the overwhelming need to prioritise investment in this area from both domestic resources and overseas aid flows. 

Case studies were commissioned by WaterAid and produced by Development Finance International. 

Keeping Promises complements WaterAid's 2011 Off-track off-target report, and contributes to a building evidence base for the crucial importance of sufficient, well targeted aid to the WASH sector to ensure sanitation and water poverty are reduced.

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