In accordance with Law No. 2007-147 of 2 February 2007 relating to the external activities of local authorities and their groupings, the latter may, in compliance with France’s international commitments, enter into agreements with foreign local authorities to carry out cooperative or development aid activities. If the matter is urgent, local authorities and their groupings may also implement or finance humanitarian operations.
Originally the Oudin-Santini law (2005) allowed support for actions abroad in the areas of water and sanitation only by those actors responsible for public service drinking water and sanitation. The Pintat amendment (2006) now allows public service electricity and gas distribution stakeholders to devote up to 1% of their budgets for actions in the field of the public distribution of electricity and gas carried out abroad.
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The inhabitants of the outlying districts of Ambalavao had to go to the city centre to draw water from the municipal fountains, which meant they had to wsait a long time. The municipal water supply network worked for only 7 months out of 12. The rest of the year, the whole population drew water from an extremely polluted river.Voir le projet