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Why Sanitation and Water Supply are Important to Growth and Development in Burkina Faso

This paper points out how failure to finance water and sanitation development is costing Burkina Faso a significant portion of the country's GDP.

According to data compiled by the WHO / UNICEF joint monitoring programme (JMP), the sanitation target in Burkina Faso is off track.

Recent data reveals that Burkina Faso has seven years to raise sanitation coverage from 33% to 66% in urban areas (or 57% national target), and from 6% to 52% in rural areas (54% national target).

The country, however, is on the track to meet the millennium development goal target for drinking water both in rural and urban areas.

The report says spending on water and sanitation is not only politically popular and socially beneficial, but it makes good economic sense.

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