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In the wake of the ongoing devastating drought that continues to ravage the Horn of Africa at an alarming rate, it is imperative to urgently redress Africa’s perennial water crisis. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that communities in the Horn of Africa are experiencing one of the most severe La Niña-induced droughts leading Kenya and Somalia to declare national emergencies due to poor and unpredictable rainy seasons. According to the World Food Programme (WFP), an estimated 13 million people are grappling with a major drought caused by the ...

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Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is the world’s fastest urbanizing region bringing with it a demand for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services.

In slightly under three decades, by 2050, 75 per cent of the global population will be living in urban centres with most of this urban growth concentrated in Africa and Asia according to the United Nations Population Division.

But even before the growth of urban populations hits those projections, Africa is continually struggling to provide WASH services for all its populations. Even in the cities currently, a majority of the residents who live in slums cannot enjoy reliable water supplies.

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Those living in the affluent areas can either have water supplied by bowsers or they have had to sink boreholes to supplement the sporadic supply by the city authorities.

However, all this may change with the advent of the covid-19 coronavirus …