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(The) State of African Cities 2014. Re-imagining sustainable urban transitions
  • (The) State of African Cities 2014. Re-imagining sustainable urban transitions
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). 2014
  • This report analyses the emerging challenges and risks to which urban and rural Africa are being exposed with a view to facilitating discussions at regional, national and local levels on how best to address the challenges ahead and apply solutions that are innovative, location-specific and effective. It contains 6 chapters that study the different regions of the African continent, with the sub-categories Social and Environmental vulnerabilities and Emerging Issues focussing on the water and sanitation challenges faced in each.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Climate change, Environment, Informal settlements, Risk management, Sanitation, Slums, Sustainable development, Urban areas, Urbanization, Water security, Water supply

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 pers...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Children, Economic impact, Economic instruments, Equity, Gender, Poverty, Poverty reduction, Technology, Urban areas, Water governance, Water services, Water supply

The IBNET Water Supply and Sanitation Blue Book 2014. The International Benchmarking Network for Water and Sanitation Utilities Databook
  • The IBNET Water Supply and Sanitation Blue Book 2014. The International Benchmarking Network for Water and Sanitation Utilities Databook
  • World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). August 2014
  • The International Benchmarking Network for Water and Sanitation Utilities (IBNET) provides a set of tools that allows water and sanitation utilities to measure their performance both against their own past performance and against the performance of similar utilities at the national, regional, and global levels. The Blue Book is designed to raise awareness of how benchmarking and specifically IBNET tools can help enhance utility performance and thereby help to improve water and wastewater services. This issue summarizes water sector development in 2006¿11, des...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Economic impact, Information and data, Monitoring, Sanitation, Utility services, Wastewater, Water supply

Partnerships for improving water and energy access, efficiency and sustainability
  • Partnerships for improving water and energy access, efficiency and sustainability
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations University (UNU), UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC). August 2014
  • This report brings together outputs from the UN-Water Zaragoza Conference 2014, summarising contributions from different UN agencies and programmes, more than 120 experts, representatives of international companies in the water and energy sector, governmental and non-governmental organisations. An introduction provides insight into the interlinkages between water and energy and the prospects for a sustainable future. The report then examines the future of the water-energy nexus and partnership under 6 key headings: The UN and the Water-Energy Nexus; Water and...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Energy, Industry, Participation, Sustainable development, Water efficiency, Water policy

Water Operators Partnerships - Case Study: Twinning Works for Water PNG
  • Water Operators Partnerships - Case Study: Twinning Works for Water PNG
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). July 2014
  • This study looks at the successes in twinning between Water PNG (Papua New Guinea) and Australia's Water Hunter utility. The study looks at the project through conception and implementation, noting the successes and challenges encountered under the titles: water quality: top priority; tackling non-revenue water; managing assets better; benefits of utility partnerships; master planning; and summarises with success factors in water utility twinning.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Oceania
  • Main themes: Nonrevenue water, Utility services, Water operators, Water quality, Water supply

Water Operators Partnerships - Case Study: Twinning Khulna WASA and Maynilad
  • Water Operators Partnerships - Case Study: Twinning Khulna WASA and Maynilad
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). July 2014
  • This paper looks at a knowledge sharing initiative called Water Operators Partnerships in Asia and the Pacific, established by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The program twins an experienced mentor utility¿in this case Maynilad¿with a recipient utility, here Khulna WASA. Maynilad provides on-site training to improve the performance of Khulna WASA. The paper examines the potential of the initiative under the titles: the challenge of expansion; learning from the mentor; from theory to practice; mutual exchange; and finally a summary of ADB's role as facilita...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Pacific Islands
  • Main themes: Small-scale providers, Utility services, Water operators, Water supply

Tap Secrets: The Manila Water Story
  • Tap Secrets: The Manila Water Story
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila Water Company. July 2014
  • This book weaves a collection of ideas and concepts on how "change management" was used to transform the Manila Water Company into a world-class water utility service. It provides an insider's view of the transformation of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) using the public-private partnership (PPP) concept. This complete account of a water company transition is presented in 6 chapters: Overview; Corporate transformation: from public to private; Attaining sustainability: the building blocks for change; Attaining sustainability: the fruits ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Climate change, Corporate Social Responsibility, Investments, Privatization, Public-private partnerships (PPP), Resilience, Risk management, Sustainable development, Urbanization, Wastewater, Water efficiency, Water operators, Water supply, Water treatment

Water Safety in Distribution Systems
  • Water Safety in Distribution Systems
  • World Health Organization (WHO). June 2014
  • Water quality deterioration in distribution systems, mainly caused by inappropriate planning, design and construction or inadequate operation and maintenance and water quality control, has been linked to a significant proportion of the burden of waterborne and water-related illness. Stresses on these systems caused by rapid urbanization, population growth and aging infrastructure further exacerbates the problems. This reference tool has been developed to help water suppliers and regulators who are familiar with the Water Safety Plan (WSP) approach enhance the...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Capacity building, Communication, Disease, Drinking water, Health, Infrastructure, Monitoring, Pollution, Risk management, Urban areas, Wastewater, Water quality, Water safety plans (WSPs), Water supply, Water treatment

Urban Water Supply and Sanitation in Southeast Asia: A Guide to Good Practice
  • Urban Water Supply and Sanitation in Southeast Asia: A Guide to Good Practice
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). June 2014
  • The purpose of this document is to provide stakeholders in Southeast Asian urban water supply and sanitation (meaning governments, utilities, consultants, donors, and non-government organizations) with a point of reference and some tools to move effectively and efficiently to improve both development and operational performance. It is a contribution toward ADB's overarching goal of poverty reduction.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Information and data, Monitoring, Poverty, Public-private partnerships (PPP), Sanitation, Urban areas, Water governance, Water management, Water supply

Water Utility Asset Management: A guide for Development Practitioners
  • Water Utility Asset Management: A guide for Development Practitioners
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). May 2014
  • This guide provides ADB's perspective on asset management, as well as an overview of the concept, processes, and systems of asset management, followed by a presentation of case studies about what utilities have done to manage their assets, including the results achieved. It focuses on medium-sized and large operators and discusses techniques that apply to situations where asset types and conditions vary widely and in-house engineering and financial skills exist. It aims to provide a brief overview of the concept, processes, and systems of asset management, in...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Global
  • Main themes: Financing, Risk management, Water management, Water operators

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Published in 2015