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Title:The provisioning of African cities, with Ouagadougou as a case study
Authors:Dietz, TonISNI
Zaal, FredISNI
Book title:Re-aligning government, civil society and the market: new challenges in urban and regional development: essays in honour of G.A. de Bruijne
Geographic term:Burkina Faso
Subjects:rural-urban relations
food supply
water supply
Abstract:This chapter deals with the provisioning of African cities with such basics as food, water, and energy, which depends very much on characteristics of the hinterland, such as agroecological situation, population density, and means of transport. The organizational skills of entrepreneurs who bring together supply and demand are also a crucial element. The public sector has undertaken these entrepreneurial roles in the past, but presently this is strongly discouraged by donors. Focusing on the case of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, the chapter shows that the challenges of organizing a major expansion of the provisioning of food, water, and energy to fulfill the needs of a rapidly growin urban population have been taken up with surprising success. Although government legislation and agencies are still important (in water provision in particular), liberalization and deregulation meant that most of the organizational challenge was taken up by private entrepreneurs. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]