Water and Poverty

Publication | March 2006

Water is a critical resource for the poor and plays a key role in many aspects of their livelihoods.

Water and poverty are inextricably linked. Poor access to water and insufficient sanitation affect the health of the poor, their food security, and their prospects for making a living. In Asia and the Pacific region - home to nearly 900 million of the world's poorest people - one in three people does not have safe drinking water and one in two lacks adequate sanitation.

This brief discusses how water can help in poverty alleviation.

Additional Details

  • Poverty
  • Water

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