In partnership with the World Bank, Ethiopia has made considerable progress in terms of extending access to water supply and sanitation services in the past two decades. The World Bank has invested more than $850 million in Ethiopia to provide clean drinking water and improve sanitation services in the country. It has also provided technical assistance and contributed to policy dialogue in the sector. In 2000, only 14% of people living in rural areas and 72% of people living in urban areas had access to safe drinking water. Since then, more than 52 million people were connected to safe drinking water sources and as of 2015, more than 26 million people have access to improved sanitation services.