Water: The World’s Lifeblood; Shortage Than Abundance in Africa

As the world celebrates World Water Day next week on March 22, which coincides with the UN 2023 Water Conference, the first since 1977, high attention will be given to what UN Secretary-General, António Guterres describes as the world’s lifeblood, and it’s been billed as “a once-in-a-generation opportunity” to unite mankind behind a single agenda for water and sanitation for all.

“The UN 2023 Water Conference in March must result in a bold Water Action Agenda that gives our world’s lifeblood the commitment it deserves”; says António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations

For Africa, It’s a critical issue in which the majority of people still suffer shortages of safe drinking water.

Source: Afrobarometer, a non-partisan African research network that conducts nationally representative surveys on democracy, governance, and quality of life. Face-to-face interviews with 1,200-2,400 people in each country yield results with a margin of error of +/- two to three percentage points.

Afrobarometer surveys in 34 African countries found that, on average, 56% of citizens say they went without enough clean water for household use at least once in the previous year. Almost a quarter (23%) suffered this form of deprivation “many times” or “always.”

Frequent water shortages affected about four in 10 households in Guinea (43%),  Gabon (39%), and Liberia (20%). In contrast, fewer than one in 10 Moroccans (3%), Ghanaians (7%), Mauritians (8%), and Namibians (9%) reported frequently going without enough water.

“Accelerating change,” the theme of World Water Day (22 March), is critical for a continent where clean water deprivation persists. On average across 30 countries included in each of the last four survey rounds, the proportion of respondents who went without enough water actually increased by four percentage points over the past decade.

In the quest to complement the UN 2023 Water Conference with hopeful and inspiring activities, the Netherlands and Tajikistan have joined forces with the New York City government for New York Water Week. There will be workshops, high-level discussions, hackathons, and much more.

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