A Policy Framework for Governing Water Services
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The scholarly work shows that the success of the water privatization in the provision of universal water services is questioned and the assumed superiority regarding the efficiency of the private sector is contested. Experiences have also shown that public water operators have succeeded where an effective policy framework and appropriate governance arrangements exist. Supported by lessons learned from water management practices and experiences, both past and present, this paper argues that certain key principles are necessary in order to develop a general policy framework for improving water services. The paper argues that municipal water services should be provided by an autonomous state authority with some degree of decentralization that base its strategy on the recognition of the rights of citizens to municipal water services and the political commitment to fulfil this right. Additionally, water services should be integrated and managed holistically, based on non-profit cost recovery principles and should be open to public participation and public steering with regard to policymaking. The paper finally tests this framework by examining the perceptions of the actors involved in the decision-making process with regard to integrating the private sector in the case study carried out in Accra, Ghana; it shows that these perceptions correspond to the principles stipulated herein for an effective water utility.
water services, governance, public sector, private sector and cost recovery
Public Administration Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-13762OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-13762DiVA: diva2:327183