In this section, you may find new materials that have been published on the topic of ‘Major drivers for rural transformation in Africa’, since the date of the event. We continually select major new publications and articles that add up to the policy points discussed in this briefing.

The urban-rural water interface: a preliminary study in Burkina Faso

ODI, January 2016

This working paper looks at the case of Ouagadougou, in Burkina Faso, and the Ziga dam and reservoir, and supports the ethos that cities take – or are given – priority over rural areas in terms of water allocation.  In this case, the basis of the claim is political power by the central government. Yet the economic rationality of this decison has not been evaluated, and the principle of ‘equity’ of access to water for rural communities has been overlooked. This working paper aims to address these issues.

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