Malnutrition, Child Health, and Water Quality: Is There a Role for Private Sector Participation in South Asia? uri icon

abstract

  • This article discusses the potential of private sector participation (PSP) to improve the urban water supply in South Asia. I first provide background on the literature linking a safe and adequate water supply with malnutrition, morbidity, and mortality. To better understand the selection mechanism underlying the decision to undergo PSP, I then analyze factors associated with the award of private water contracts worldwide. I next present empirical evidence that PSP in water is associated with a lower incidence of diarrheal disease and higher rates of access to piped water among young children in urban Africa. Finally, I conclude by reviewing the South Asian context and its limited experiences with PSP in water, raising questions for future research. (JEL codes: L33, L95, H51, 118).

publication date

  • 2012
  • 2012
  • 2012