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.
The GCR 2008 is the first publication of its kind to examine the link between corruption and the water sector in a comprehensive manner. It documents a wide range of corruption risks in different areas of the sector, from water resources management and water for sanitation to irrigation and hydropower.
The Working Paper, by UNDP's International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, examines the concentration of access to safe water across income levels in Bolivia. In particular, it focuses on how privatisation has changed coverage, affordability and the concentration of access to water on the part of the poor.
There are two main schools of thought about the role of small-scale private water providers. Proponents view them as pioneers and gap-fillers, supplying water where utilities are not providing it adequately. Sceptics argue that they are predators who charge high prices and supply poor quality water. This UNDP study examines which argument holds true in the urban and peri-urban areas of Kenya.