Budget allocation to water & sanitation worries CSPR

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The Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) has noted that the decline from 2.4 percent in 2013 to about 0.96 percent in 2014 in the 2014 budgetary allocation to the Water and Sanitation sector is worrisome.

CSPR Advocacy and Policy Dialogue Programme Officer, Sydney Mwansa, says this is worrisome because according to the 2013 Millennium Development Goal Progress Report, 36.9% of the Zambian population has no access to safe drinking water against the MDG target of 25.5%.

Mr. Mwansa says the sanitation situation is even worse with 67.3% of people with no access to basic sanitation against an MDG target of 13%.

He notes that in as much CSPR acknowledges the two thousand boreholes planned for 2014, their concern is that the reduction in percentage to this sector is unjustifiable because currently, access levels in urban areas show that 82% of urban populations have access to clean water while only 43% of rural populations have access to clean water.

Mr. Mwansa says there is need therefore for the government to strive for equity and reconsider allocating more resources towards the sector in the rural areas.