Hundreds of millions of dollars have been wasted on rural water projects in Africa because the donors and aid agencies that built them ignored maintenance, a new report claimed Friday.
London-based research organization International Institute for Environment and Development said about 50,000 water supply points across rural Africa had failed, representing a loss of $215 million to $360 million.
"It is not enough to drill a well and walk away. Water projects need to support long-term maintenance needs and engage local communities. Without this, it is like throwing money down the drain," said report author Jamie Skinner.