|Rural poor choose their water and sanitation services in Lao PDR
|Year of Publication
|Maniphousay, N, Mukherjee, N, Seager, M
|Field note / WSP
|8 p. : 1 map, 8 photogr.
|Water and Sanitation Program - East Asia and the Pacific, WSP-EAP
|demand responsive approaches, hygiene, laos, rural communities, safe water supply, sanitation, sdiasi
Preparation for the World Bank-financed Provincial Infrastructure Project for Oudomxai and Phongsali provinces in northern Lao PDR was carried out during the larger part of 1997. The challenge was to find optimal local solutions – without sacrificing technical feasibility and quality. Central to the preparation process was an exercise in ‘listening’ to rural Lao communities about the types and levels of water and sanitation services they wanted. It was also an attempt to understand why communities are making the choices they do, since an accurate estimation of demand is possible only when those choices are adequately ‘informed’ ones. Thus, the preparation involved community dialogues that did not begin by asking, “what are you willing to pay for?” or “how much are you willing to pay?” Dialogues began, instead, with participatory assessments of existing health and hygiene awareness and practices within the communities.