Commercialisation of water supply in Zimbabwe and its effects on the poor: A working framework

Africa's Public Service Delivery and Performance Review

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Title Commercialisation of water supply in Zimbabwe and its effects on the poor: A working framework
Creator Mukonavanhu, Tinashe Ukwandu, Damian Nel-Sanders, Danielle
Subject Public Management, Governance and Public Policy neoliberalism; commercialisation; water; government; Zimbabwe.
Description Background: Neoliberalism favours the existence of free markets with limited government interference as the best way to conduct business. A feasibility study is necessary regarding the practicality of the application of neoliberalist policies in Zimbabwe’s water sector. This is important because there has been a lack of water in urban and rural areas of Zimbabwe even before the COVID-19 era.Aim: The objective of this study was to investigate the feasibility of the commercialisation of water in Zimbabwe.Setting: The formation of the state-owned Zimbabwe National Water Authority signified a move towards the solidification of the commercialisation of the water sector in Zimbabwe, based in part on neoliberal principles.Methods: This study is a conceptual study, involving the review of various sources of literature to identify trends in the commercialisation of Zimbabwe’s water sector. This study is descriptive in nature and involves the use of secondary data gathered from various publications. This study also makes use of a case study approach.Results: The findings of this study show that the commercialisation of the water sector in Zimbabwe is practical to a certain extent; however, it needs to be performed in a way that acknowledges existing strengths and weaknesses with continuous monitoring and evaluation taking place.Conclusion: While commercialisation is a necessary tool to incentivising economic water usage and generate revenue, there is a need to ensure that those who cannot afford to pay for water in Zimbabwe are safeguarded in order to guarantee their access to basic water, which is their human right.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2021-07-19
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/apsdpr.v9i1.536
Source Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review; Vol 9, No 1 (2021); 13 pages 2310-2152 2310-2195
Language eng
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Coverage Africa; Zimbabwe — —
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