Getting the basics right: water and sanitation in South East Asia and the Pacific

Australia’s overseas development aid assistance is set to increase substantially over the next four years. This much welcomed increase could be stretched in multiple directions to satisfy multiple needs. This paper is a contribution to the debate on how best to direct Australia’s investments to meet the objective of reducing poverty and achieving sustainable development. The paper suggests that a focus on domestic water and sanitation is critical and will contribute significantly to poverty reduction in the region.