Urban Sanitation: Politics in a Dirty World

The Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) of UNICEF and the World Health Organization estimates that access to basic sanitation in urban populations “crept up” from 79 to 80 percent between 1990 and 2004. One percent may seem minimal, but in conjunction with the increasing size of urban populations the absolute numbers of unserved urban people rose from 475 million to 611 million over the same period. Still, some countries are showing signs of steady progress.

Published in Water Front Magazine No.4 2007.