Smart Meters to Enhance Access to Water Services in Rural Africa

Date Published: 
May 2018
George Muruka

Addressing the three important challenges that limit the provision of basic utilities to the poor

An estimated 663 million people lack access to clean and safe drinking water in the world today. Mobile money services have opened new frontiers in the development and promotion of livelihood services for the mass market. GSMA’s Mobile for Development Utilities – Innovation Fund supports pilot projects, which test innovations that promote access to water and energy through pay-as-you-go (PAYG) systems, such as smart water meters.

This publication discusses the three important challenges (access, quality, and payment), which restrict the provision of water and other basic utilities to low-income populations, and offers solutions for enhancing access to water in Africa.