Why? Congo invests only one dollar per person for water and sanitation.
Surprisingly! Some African countries spend over $57 per person and their population have much access to safe clean water and adequate sanitation.
More than 40 million people in Southern Africa who should have received access to safe drinking water by 2015 will miss out, and 73 million will go without basic sanitation due to investment shortfalls, according to a report released on Monday.
Only two out of 15 Southern African countries -Botswana and Seychelles - are set to meet their 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets to reduce by half the number of people without access to clean water and sanitation, said the report by Water Aid.
The cost of getting those countries that have fallen behind back on track would be $3.6 billion per year, said the international development NGO.
The report called on governments to dedicate revenue from natural resource extraction towards water and sanitation.
The report highlighted huge discrepancies in water and sanitation aid in the region and called on donors to target aid according to need. Seychelles, with almost universal access, receives $57.2 of water and sanitation aid per person, while Madagascar and DR Congo receive $0.6 and $1.00 respectively, despite more than half of their populations lacking access to safe water and sanitation.