It's The Water, Stupid

When Ghanaians go to the polls this year, they'll vote for the candidate who can get them some water, please.

Between Ghana's growing population and lagging infrastructure, water is becoming scarce. The country experimented with privatization, but that seems not to have helped, and water has become a salient political issue.

From the Voice of America:

"Backed by an interest-free loan from the World Bank, Ghana hired a private company to manage the public water company in 2006.

But anti-privatization activists say the problem has only gotten worse. And they say water is a basic human right, which should not be managed by a for-profit company.

Many Ghanaians say the water problem is a key issue for them in the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections."