Quenching the thirst of rapidly growing and water-insecure cities in sub-Saharan Africa

Madiodio Niasse, Olli Varis*

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It is in the water sector that Africa faces some of its more pressing challenges, which are exacerbated with the sprawl of megacities. The gap between water requirements and available water resources is widening. While the urbanization process is still accelerating, acute seasonal and chronic water shortages are already encountered in almost all major cities. Unless the direction is radically changed, sub-Saharan Africa is headed towards an urban water crisis of alarming proportions. Based on city experiences in Africa and comparison to those in India, we draw lessons and suggest response options for tackling urban water crisis risks in Africa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-527
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Water Resources Development
Issue number2-3
Early online date14 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Africa
  • urban water
  • India
  • development
  • slums
  • megacities
  • water scarcity


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