Despite New Delhi’s self-reliant public stance, India receives almost twice as much development assistance for water and sanitation as any other country, according to data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). A report to be officially published [in May 2009] says India accounts for 13 per cent of all water aid, while Iraq – the next biggest recipient – gets 7 per cent.
India receives about $830m (€620m, £564m) a year in water and sanitation aid, more than double the amount provided to China. New Delhi’s biggest backer is Tokyo, which supplied $635m of assistance in 2006-7.
“About 70 per cent of the sector’s aid money goes to non-low-income countries,” said “A lot goes to countries with substantial resources of their own.
“One shouldn’t forget why sanitation is of importance and that points to India. South Asia has the lion’s share of children dying from diarrhoea and disease”, [said Henry Northover, head of policy at WaterAid]
[...] “Malnutrition and sanitation are to India what human rights are to China,” said a Delhi-based UN official. “They are the blackspots.” [...] William Fellows, Unicef’s regional adviser for water, sanitation and hygiene, said India had an excellent record in clean-water provision, but had lagged in its provision of human waste disposal.
Source: James Lamont, Financial Times, 7 Apr 2009