Aid to water supply and sanitation: Where the money is going

A running tap at the Nifasha camp for internally displaced persons in North Darfur. How much aid goes to water supply and sanitation? Photo by: Albert González Farran / CC BY-NC-ND

The U.N. General Assembly declared March 22 as World Water Day in 1993, but it was only in 2010 when, through a resolution that rallied donors and international organizations to help developing countries gain access to safe and affordable drinking water and sanitation, the organization recognized access to water supply and sanitation as a human right.

Just a year before water supply and sanitation was officially named a human right by the United Nations, aid to the sector peaked at $6.8 billion. Disbursements dropped to $5.4 billion in 2010 and $5.1 billion in 2011, but rebounded to $6.3 billion in 2012.

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    Anna Patricia Valerio is a Manila-based development analyst focusing on writing innovative, in-the-know content for senior executives in the international development community. Before joining Devex, Patricia wrote and edited business, technology and health stories for BusinessWorld, a Manila-based business newspaper.