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Water Inequality Grew as Poorest Nations Neglected by Aid Givers

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March 21 (Bloomberg) -- Global water inequality is growing with the poorest countries not receiving water and sanitation aid proportionate to their needs, according to WaterAid.

Of the 48 poorest countries, eight were among the top 10 in assistance received over the last six years, which isn’t enough, said Barbara Frost, chief executive officer of the London-based organization. About 768 million people worldwide don’t have safe water to drink and 2.5 billion of Earth’s 7 billion lack proper sanitation.

“The question has to be asked: Why is the majority of water and sanitation aid not being targeted at those who are desperately waiting?” Frost said in a statement today ahead of tomorrow’s UN-sponsored World Water Day.

Wealthier nations receive more funds, according to a WaterAid report. Jordan, for example, where more than 90 percent of the population has access to both water and sanitation, receives $855 in assistance for each person lacking access compared with $1.56 in Ethiopia, according to the report.

To contact the reporter on this story: Justin Doom in New York at jdoom1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Randall Hackley at rhackley@bloomberg.net Will Wade

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