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WB publishes Castalia report on WSS in Melanesia

The report—Unsettled: Water and Sanitation in Urban Settlement Communities of the Pacific —highlights the reasons why thousands of families in informal settlements in the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu, and Papua New Guinea cannot access basic water and sanitation services. It also provides recommendations for governments, utility providers, non-governmental organisations, and donors on how they can work together to improve access to and affordability of these services.

The release of the report coincides with World Toilet Day on 19 November. This is an initiative to raise awareness of the 2.4 billion people globally who do not have improved sanitation facilities—despite the human right to water and sanitation.

The World Bank’s press release is available here. The full report can be downloaded here, on the website of the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility.

Castalia’s Wellington, New Zealand office leads Castalia’s advice to governments, regulators, and international organisations on how  to improve infrastructure access and quality in Pacific Island nations. For more information, contact

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