Mary Galvin


Two thirds of Africa’s population do not have access to improved sanitation, and 224 million practice open defecation. Only 4 of 44 sub-Saharan African countries are on track to meet the MDG of halving the proportion of people without access to sanitation. In this context, Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) has been described […]


South Africa’s Department of Water Affairs brags that it has already met the Millenium Development Goal of halving the proportion of people without access to water. Our constitution and policies recognise and promote the right to (access to) water. Yet, in addition to serious data problems that inflate provision statistics, the way that […]


South Africa’s constitution is praised for its recognition of the right to water: “Everyone has the right to have access to sufficient food and water.” (Sec 27.1.b). However the right to “access” to water is often compromised by the way in which cost recovery policies are implemented. Do poor people who cannot afford […]


South Africa’s Water Sector Leadership Group, comprised of the most senior members of the country’s water sector, hosted a side event at the annual Water Institute of South Africa in Cape Town today. The aims were to raise awareness of Rio+20 and engage with its significance for the water sector.
In terms of process, […]


Private sector involvement in water services has been the face of struggle over the last decades. With growing attention to the scarcity of water and its importance as a resource, the private sector has shifted its focus to water resources. Although certainly a generalisation, many companies are land and water grabbing, developing new […]

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