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Taps and Toilets: How Greater Access Can Radically Improve Africa's Future

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Institute for Security Studies and the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures

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Mark Eshbaugh

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Eshbaugh, M., Firnhaber, E., McLennan, P., Moyer, J.D. and Torkelson, E. (2011). “Taps and Toilets: How Greater Access Can Radically Improve Africa’s Future.”

African Futures Brief No. 1. Institute for Security Studies and Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. Pretoria, South Africa, and Denver, CO, USA.

The International Futures modeling system is used to explore the impact of sanitation and clean water on development in Africa through improvements in access to them. The paper explores a Base Case and alternate scenarios that reflect, respectively, enhanced rates of access and stagnating rates of access. Impacts on development are measured through infant mortality, communicable diseases, GDP, and state fragility. The analysis includes a preliminary cost-benefit analysis.

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