Index of Drinking Water Adequacy (IDWA): International and Intra-national Explorations

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Edited by Seetharam Kallidaikurichi E. and Bhanoji Rao

At the Millennium Summit in September 2000, the largest-ever gathering of world leaders adopted the UN Millennium Declaration, setting out the Millennium Development Goals, including "MDG 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability" which included the target of reducing by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water. This monograph looks at access in terms of five key components and integrates them into the Index of Drinking Water Adequacy - IDWA for short. The substantive papers in the monograph comprise international and intra-national explorations based on IDWA estimates. Globally IDWA estimates for 144 economies have strong correlations with Human Development and Human Poverty Indexes and thus affirm the importance of investment in safe drinking water.


Seetharam Kallidaikurichi E. is founding Director of the Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, and founding Director of the NUS Global Asia Institute. He is on secondment from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) where he was a Principal Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist, and a focal point guiding ADB's operations in water supply, sanitation, and wastewater management in line with ADB's Water Policy.

Bhanoji Rao is a Visiting Professor of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and is responsible for articulation and monitoring of the Medium Term Research Program of the Institute of Water Policy.



Publication Year: 2010
168 pages, 229mm x 153mm
ISBN: 978-9971-69-530-9, Paperback

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