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Community Water, Community Management : From system to service in rural areas - Ton Schouten

Community Water, Community Management

From system to service in rural areas

By: Ton Schouten (Editor)

Paperback Published: 13th October 2003
ISBN: 9781853395642
Number Of Pages: 192

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* for post-graduate students, and implementers and managers of water supply systems
* based on more than 20 years practical experience
* 22 communities in 6 countries studied

Community management has become the leading concept for implementing water supply systems in rural areas in developing countries. In the early days it was seen as the answer to large-scale breakdown of water supply systems and the failure of government either to provide clean water itself or to devise a system whereby other agencies would supply it reliably and consistently. Now, after more than two decades of applying the concept, it is time to look back and consider the opportunities and constraints of community management in bringing water to the millions of people who need it. Is community management the right way to increase both the sustainability of water supply systems and the coverage of safe and reliable water supply in rural areas?

This book is based on the experience gained over twenty years of working to strengthen the capacities of rural communities to manage their own water supply systems. The day-to-day experiences of 22 communities in six different countries - with differing geographical, socio-economic and cultural settings - are at the heart of this book. Supplemented with research findings, it shows the power and creativity with which community people work to keep their water supply systems operational, and it also shows their struggle and difficulties. The authors bring to life the little things that can go wrong, the nitty-gritty details that are so crucial in making community management work, with clear sympathy for the people in the communities and the project staff working with them.

Countries featured: Kenya, Colombia, Guatemala, Cameroon, Pakistan, Nepal.

The Context
A brief history of community management
Participatory Action Research on Community Management of Rural Water Supply
Countries and communities
The Experiences of Communities
Living communities -- complex and dynamic
Factors affecting community cohesion
Water flows through the lives of communities
Instruments and techniques of management
Management capacities
Cost recovery and managing finances
Selecting and designing water systems and protecting the source
Enabling environment
Why do systems fail?
The Way Forward
Mapping the key factors
Factors external to the community
From system to service -- scaling up
Investing in support
Countries features: Kenya, Colombia, Guatemala, Cameroon, Pakistan, Nepal
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ISBN: 9781853395642
ISBN-10: 1853395641
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 13th October 2003
Publisher: ITDG Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.39