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Case study: water kiosks
How the combination of low-cost technology, pro-poor financing and regulation leads to the scaling up of water supply service provision to the poor
Water Kiosks, where formal water providers supply safe water at affordable prices, have proven to be an appropriate and efficient solution, providing water to a large number of residents in urban low-income areas. Implementation of this low-cost technology is facilitated though multi-donor basket funds that provide pro-poor funding to commercial utilities (CUs), implementation support and post-implementation monitoring. A water kiosk is an outlet through which formal water providers deliver safe and reliable water at affordable prices to residents of low-income areas. German Development Cooperation (GDC) is supporting water sector reform processes in many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The approach taken typically includes the decentralisation and commercialisation of water supply and sanitation (WSS) services, taking into account the needs of the poor in particular. One example of best practice implementation is the case of Zambia. Now, with the support of German Development Cooperation, the successful concept of water kiosks is being adapted and transferred to other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The multiplication of the concept goes hand in hand with professional partnerships and the exchange of experiences between development partners in the different countries. Kenya is adapting the concept and setting up a large number of kiosks while a pilot project is currently running in Tanzania.