The Politics of Underdevelopment: Metered to Death—How a Water Experiment Caused Riots and a Cholera Epidemic

  title={The Politics of Underdevelopment: Metered to Death—How a Water Experiment Caused Riots and a Cholera Epidemic},
  author={Jacques Pauw},
  journal={International Journal of Health Services},
  pages={819 - 830}
  • Jacques Pauw
  • Published 1 October 2003
  • Economics
  • International Journal of Health Services
Water privatization programs in South Africa, part of a government policy aimed at making people pay for the full cost of running water (“total cost recovery”), was developed by private water companies and the World Bank to finance improved water supplies and build the country's economy. Instead the programs are causing more misery than development. Millions of poor people have had their water supply cut off because of inability to pay, forcing them to get their water from polluted rivers and… 
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