African Futures Project Paper Published by Pardee Center and ISS: Universal Access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Date: 
2016

A new paper published today by the African Futures Project uses the International Futures model to forecast the possibility of Africa reaching targets 6.1 and 6.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals: universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

Refreshing Africa’s Future: Prospects for Achieving Universal WASH Access by 2030 is a collaboration between the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures and the Institute for Security Studies in South Africa. The paper forecasts that meeting universal WASH access in Africa would add over  US$ 525 billion to Africa’s GDP. However, the cumulative infrastructure investment required to meet the target is around US$122 billion and would require divestment from other sectors. 
 
Two members of the Pardee Center research team contributed to and helped launch the paper in Pretoria, South Africa. Alanna Markle, Korbel M.A. candidate and research assistant at the Pardee Center, has spent the past quarter serving her internship with ISS and the African Futures Project. Zachary Donnenfeld, former Pardee researcher and Korbel alumnus, is currently a full-time researcher for ISS.
 
The paper was released with an accompanying video, which summarizes the findings of the paper.