Underprovision of basic urban services

Experimental visualization of narrower problems
Other Names:
Limited access to urban services
Poor service delivery in urban environments
Poor services motivation
Underdevelopment of electricity, gas, water and sanitary services
Inadequate public utilities in urban areas
Many urban neighbourhoods experience difficulty in gaining access to the benefits and services which society would normally consider their due, partly because of the intricately designed, complex delivery systems for such amenities, whether public or private. The complexity of urban government systems makes it overwhelmingly difficult to get speedy action on basic community problems like sewage back-up. Community credit is inhibited by the practice of "red-lining" by financial institutions, cutting off loans and mortgages to residents in depressed urban areas. Private services such as those offered by churches require membership or other obligations. Fundamentally, however, the problem lies in some communities' limited skills in functioning in the complex maze of city and private agencies which service them, resulting in their being effectively deprived of the benefits afforded to other communities. Development of such neighbourhoods requires skill in such procedures. Only when residents know what services are actually available to them and begin to experience success in meeting their own needs, will a community be able to participate with a new assurance and responsibility.
Despite heavy subsidies, many urban services are underprovided. Estimates by the World Bank indicate that 23% of of the urban population in developing countries in without potable water within 200 metres; the figure rises to 35% in sub-Saharan Africa. Road congestion is spreading and escalating transport costs have reduced productivity. Spending in many cities is not directed toward the appropriate services. In some cases, as in bus transport, large subsidies to public providers have squeezed out more efficient private providers. Basic services are being neglected. The cost of this neglect is particularly high when alternative private sources are either unavailable or too small to be efficient, as in the case of water and electricity.
Related Problems:
Inaccessible job market
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST