Wateraid in Mali CASE STUDY

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Case Study: An aid project in an LEDC
Mali, officially the Republic of Mali is a country in West Africa. Its size is just
480,000 sq miles with a population of 14.5 million. Its capital is Bamako.
Type of aid:
Why is this aid needed?
Rainfall is low in the country and decreasing every year. Due to low amount of
rainfall it is very desert like. Also Mali is one of the poorest nations in the world
so can't afford the appropriate technology to access clean water.
How does the aid work?
Wateraid was established in 1981
1. It provides clean water and sanitation services to the poorest people.
2. Wateraid funds the areas water network.
3. Wateraid trains local people to manage and maintain the system and
raise money to keep it operational.
4. Investing in education programmes to continue their own development
into the future, thus making the project sustainable.
The advantages of Wateraid
The combination of safe water, sanitation and hygiene education maximises
health benefits and promotes development. The combined benefits of these
can reduce the number of deaths caused by diarrhoeal diseases by an average
of 65%. A child dies every 17 seconds from diseases associated with lack of
access to safe water and adequate sanitation. In the longer term, communities
are able to plan and build infrastructures which enable them to cope better in
times of hardship.


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