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Money down the drain: corruption and water service quality in Africa

Breen, Michael orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-5857-9938 and Gillanders, Robert orcid logoORCID: 0000-0001-9462-0005 (2022) Money down the drain: corruption and water service quality in Africa. Governance, 37 (1). pp. 119-135. ISSN 0952-1895

Using data from the seventh round of the Afrobarometer, we find that a greater regional incidence of corruption in the utilities sector is associated with a reduced likelihood that a household reports that it has access to enough clean water. This result is not evident in older rounds of the survey that were conducted prior to methodological improvements made in round seven. Moreover, this association holds only in areas with a piped water system. Thus, our findings are consistent with the argument that corruption is a barrier to accessing water through its impact on the quality of water services. While a household that has paid a bribe is more likely to have a water access point, the regional incidence of utilities corruption predicts that the household will not have enough clean water. Individual acts of bribery, while associated with connection to a water network, are not associated with greater access in reality.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:water; corruption; bribery; public utilities; governance; Sustainable Development Goals
Subjects:Business > Economic policy
Business > Economics
Social Sciences > International relations
Social Sciences > Political science
Social Sciences > Public administration
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > DCU Business School
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Research Institutes and Centres > Water Institute
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Official URL:https://doi.org/10.1111/gove.12753
Copyright Information:© 2022 The Authors.
Funders:Open access funding provided by IReL.
ID Code:28003
Deposited On:11 Jan 2023 12:04 by Michael Breen . Last Modified 12 Feb 2024 15:38

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