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World Bank, Washington, DC
Africa | Kenya
2012-08-13T12:44:21Z | 2012-08-13T12:44:21Z | 2007-05

Small-scale providers of water services are no longer seen as merely temporary substitutes for formal utilities. In many developing countries governments and donors increasingly view them as long-term partners in the work to extend and improve water services, particularly as governments accelerate efforts to meet water targets associated with the Millennium Development Goals. But a host of problems complicate efforts to make small-scale providers productive partners, including their lack of access to finance. In Kenya, a collaborative program is bringing together community-based organizations and micro-lenders to provide better water services to poor people -- and generating lessons for similar initiatives.

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