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Overcoming the danger zone

On April 20, Ministers of Water and Sanitation from around the world will meet with their Ministers of Finance in Washington D.C. as part of the Sanitation and Water (SWA) for All High Level Meeting. There, they will discuss sector goals and progress, and it goes without saying that the recent announcement that the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) for water supply has been met five years ahead of the schedule will be cause for celebration. In this post on the Impatient Optimists blog, Stef Smits shares his views on the risks of the “danger zone”, the moment where countries achieve high levels of coverage, but then experience stagnation in further coverage growth. He also provides suggestions for avoiding or overcoming that danger zone.

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