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The end of the official UN Water Decade brought a new awareness of the extent of potable water problems worldwide.

TitleCommunity participation and water supply : an attempt to provide sustainable water development solutions for Africa : proceedings of the AWN workshop on sustainable water development solutions, Nakuru, 14-20 January 1990
Publication TypeConference Report
Year of Publication1991
AuthorsSendama, A, Mbuthia, J
Pagination117 p.: fig., tab., photogr.
Date Published1991-01-01
PublisherAfrican Water Network
Place PublishedNairobi, Kenya
Keywordscab91/5, community management, community participation, evaluation, ghana, information networks, kenya, man6, mauritius, nigeria, non-governmental organizations, projects, rural areas, rwanda, safe water supply, sustainable development, tanzania, tunisia, uganda, women, zambia, zimbabwe

The end of the official UN Water Decade brought a new awareness of the extent of potable water problems worldwide. The African Water Network Congress on Sustainable Water Development Solutions was organized as a forum for the evaluation of water projects in Africa and the development of new strategies. This publication is a proceedings of the Congress, wherein a short discussion of the role of community participation and a reflection of the decade's goals are first presented, followed by ten representative case studies from different African countries. The case studies primarily concern community drinking water supplies, although one Kenyan irrigation project is mentioned. Methods to stimulate community participation are presented as well as suggestions for the roles of women and NGOs, the adaptation of traditional practices to modern technologies, and the need for setting priorities. Failed projects, shortcomings and cultural and geographic restraints are discussed as a means to avoid such problems in the implementation of new water projects, and to improve existing ones. The appendices include guidelines for NGO network establishment and a list of participating organizations

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