Social and Economic Inclusion
  • Overview
  • Zambia

Social & Economic Inclusion

Overview

IDFC considers the definition of an action agenda and communicating position on how IDFC members can enhance their social and economic inclusion and poverty reduction mechanisms. The aim of IDFC within the framework of this topic is to:

  • Incorporate the aim to eradicate poverty and to boost social development in planning and guidelines for development banks.

Develop a set of instruments capable of motivating planning, development and financing, as well as new ways of living and production, solving regional inequalities, expanding and improving public services for social development.

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Social & Economic Inclusion

Water Kiosks in Zambia

All the new water kiosks in Zambia’s poor neighborhoods are centers of bustling activity. Girls and women carry their canisters to fetch water for washing clothes or cooking. Anyone who quickly needs to buy some flour or sugar can find it here too, because the water kiosks serve also as small shops selling items of daily use. Not only do women no longer need to walk for hours to fetch water, but the clean water available in the vicinity also costs less than the dirty water from the tankers of illegal water vendors.

Water Kiosks in Zambia

Local committees made up of future users decide where exactly the kiosks should be placed. These are mostly run by women who are subcontractors of the city water companies. They receive a commission for every liter sold but may not exceed a fixed price. The kiosk concept is the key element of a program approach running since 2006 that has caused a sensation throughout the country. Thanks to the simple, low-cost technology the kiosks supply water precisely to those people previously considered to be too unappealing as customers because they could not afford expensive connections to the water supply system. Construction of the kiosks is financed by the Zambian "Devolution Trust Fund", a water and sanitation fund that municipal water companies can apply to for financial and advisory services. KfW Entwicklungsbank made crucial contributions to developing the concept and provides the largest financial contribution of EUR 9 million on behalf of the German Ministry of Development. The trust fund's concept has become very popular. A water fund for the poor in Kenya has been established as well, and Zambia is considering applying this successful model to urban water supply systems across the whole country.

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