The Policy Research Brief, by UNDP's International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, notes that governments' privatisation of service delivery is fraught with problems. The Brief calls for reforming public utilities and where social objectives are met and efficiency gains are considered, it calls for the rights of consumers to be given legal recognition when privatisation contracts are designed.
The Poverty in Focus publication, by UNDP's International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, provides an overview of the broad challenges involved in making access to basic services equitable and universal. It brings together a mix of policy issues and country experiences.
As one of the UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI Issue Series, it notes that clean water, sanitation and hygiene is a proven cost-effective investment that will reduce health budget spending and increases economic productivity and education level. It presents challenges in water and sanitation governance and introduces WGF's activities and UNDP GoAL WaSH programme.
The One Pager, by UNDP's International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, examines the impact of water provision on women's time allocation in rural Ghana. The document notes that while having access to water infrastructure can reduce the time burden on women, it is not implicit that the time saved would be devoted to paid activities. It calls for additional public policies to achieve that goal.
The Working Paper, by UNDP's International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, investigates the time allocation of women in Ghana as a trade-off between domestic chores and market-oriented activities when households are provided with water and electricity infrastructure.
Integrity and accountability are critical to good governance of water resources and services. The programme pursues the goal of building capacity on participants to recognize vulnerable areas and provide tools to increase transparency and accountability.
Community Water Initiative (CWI) supports decentralized, demand-driven, innovative, low-cost, community-based water resource management and water supply and sanitation projects in rural areas. It is rooted in the strong belief that local management and community initiatives play a key role in ensuring and sustaining the success of enhancing water supply and sanitation services to poor communities.