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The Limits and Possibilities of Prepaid Water in Urban Africa: Lessons from the Field

The Limits and Possibilities of Prepaid Water in Urban Africa: Lessons from the Field
  • World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). August 2014
  • "This evidence-based study explores the opportunities, limits, costs, and benefits of different experiences of prepaid systems and their equity implications for serving urban poor communities. It provides urban utilities, oversight agencies, and other stakeholders in Africa with a basis for decision-making on the suitability, introduction, and management of prepaid meters. The report offers a tour of real-life cases in eight very different African cities: Kampala, Lusaka, Maputo, Maseru, Mogale City, Nakuru, Nairobi, and Windhoek. The study canvassed the perspectives of customers, including market research and opinion surveys on people's experience and views of prepaid water in practice. Women and children were represented in many of these groups."
  • Geographical coverage: Africa, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique , Namibia, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia
  • Main themes: Children, Economic impact, Economic instruments, Equity, Gender, Poverty, Poverty reduction, Technology, Urban areas, Water governance, Water services, Water supply
  • Main target audience: Decision makers, Policy makers, Service providers, Stakeholders, Utility managers, Water operators
  • Main purpose: Assessment, Reporting on project findings/outputs
  • Type of resource: Assessment report, Case studies
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Published in 2015