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Scarcity, Entitlements and the Economics of Water in Developing Countries

Sharing Water Peacefully

Scarcity, Entitlements and the Economics of Water in Developing Countries by P.B. Anand
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P.B. Anand argues that if water supply and sanitation were mainly problems of technology or financial resources, they would have been resolved long ago. While appreciating that technology and finances are important, he ascertains that there are many other factors affecting our ability to intervene and improve the effectiveness of policies. The author explores these factors, raising questions such as 'How is water scarcity defined?', 'Are there patterns that indicate how nations use available freshwater resources?', 'Does water shortage make nations use water more efficiently?', and 'What explains the variation in progress with regard to Millennium Development Goals related to water and sanitation?'. Other important themes examined include: availability and use of water resources; inequality in access to water; the role of institutions and policies; access to water and sanitation; river water agreements and disputes; and consumer perspectives and water utility management. Underpinned by international datasets and national and local level case studies based on primary research, the study identifies issues for policy and further research.
Edward Elgar Publishing; November 2007
320 pages; ISBN 9781847208545
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Title: Scarcity, Entitlements and the Economics of Water in Developing Countries
Author: P.B. Anand