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Why have we been unable to provide a sustainable water service to rural people for so long? What were the success factors in the areas where there has been good progress are, and how we can support the adoption of a service delivery approach to rural water supply? Google scholar

TitleSupporting rural water supply : moving towards a service delivery approach
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsLockwood, H, Smits, S
Pagination187 p.; 11 boxes; 13 fig.; 14 tab.
Date Published01/2011
PublisherPractical Action, IRC and Aguaconsult
Place PublishedRugby, UK
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISSN Number9781853397295
Keywordscase studies, decentralisation, millennium development goals, rural supply systems, social change, Triple-S (Sustainable Services at Scale), water supply

Collectively, billions of dollars have been invested in the provision of rural water supply systems in developing countries over the past three decades. This period has also seen an evolution in thinking and practice around the approaches to delivering water supply to rural populations. We have moved from supply-driven centralised government programming to more demand-driven approaches, based on the philosophy of community participation with community-based management emerging as the principal management vehicle from the 1980s onwards in most countries. In more recent years there has been a call to build on community management with more structured systems of post-construction support and the increasing involvement of local private operators. Global monitoring results tell us that progress is being made and that even including population growth, we are increasing the rate of coverage in many, but not all, countries at a pace that will meet the Millennium Development Goals. [authors abstract]

Supporting Rural Water Supply brings together findings from 13 country studies which were carried out as part of a global learning initiative - Sustainable Services at Scale (Triple-S) Water services that last-project.

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