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Professionalising community-based management for rural water services

Community-based management has long been established as the principal service delivery model for providing water to rural populations in developing countries. But this model has limitations: voluntary water committees are responsible for maintaining water systems, but lack legal recognition, skills, and accountability to do so. Inadequate external monitoring and support lead to poor technical and financial management of water services, and ultimately to system breakdowns and service failure. The professionalisation of community based-management means moving away from the voluntary provision of water services towards a philosophy of service provision, and working to agreed standards, with greater transparency, accountability and efficiency. [authors abstract]

TitleProfessionalising community-based management for rural water services
Publication TypeBriefing Note
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsLockwood, H, Le Gouais, A
Secondary TitleBriefing notes series - Building blocks for sustainability
Pagination8 p.; 1 tab.; 2 fig.; 4 boxes
PublisherIRC
Place PublishedThe Hague, The Netherlands
Keywordscommunity management, rural supply systems, service delivery, Triple-S (Sustainable Services at Scale), water supply services
Abstract

Community-based management has long been established as the principal service delivery model for providing water to rural populations in developing countries. But this model has limitations: voluntary water committees are responsible for maintaining water systems, but lack legal recognition, skills, and accountability to do so. Inadequate external monitoring and support lead to poor technical and financial management of water services, and ultimately to system breakdowns and service failure. The professionalisation of community based-management means moving away from the voluntary provision of water services towards a philosophy of service provision, and working to agreed standards, with greater transparency, accountability and efficiency. [authors abstract]

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