Challenges for water governance in rural water supply: lessons learnt from Tanzania

Author (s): Jiménez, A. and Pérez-Foguet, A.
Journal: International Journal of Water Resources Development

Volume: 26, Issue 2
Pages: 235 – 248
Date: 2010

This paper focuses on the identification and analysis of key issues that impact the governance of rural water services in sub-Saharan Africa. Tanzania was selected as a representative case study. The analysis was based on a combination of relevant literature review, extensive fieldwork and action research case studies, which were carried out between 2005 and 2009. A number of weaknesses that continue undermining strategies for poverty eradication were identified at different administrative levels (from local to national): low quality of water services; lack of sustainability of constructed infrastructure; difficulties for targeting the poor; and inadequate internal information systems. Some initiatives to overcome these challenges were piloted and implemented at the district level. Policy recommendations presented entail new paradigms for the provision of rural water supply: adoption of water supply as a service that is monitored and supported by the government; needs-based allocation of projects at community level; and improving guidance for local government decision making are proposed.



@article{ 2010-IJWRD-JP,
author = {Jiménez, A. and Pérez-Foguet, A.},
title = {Challenges for Water Governance in Rural Water Supply: Lessons Learned from Tanzania},
journal = {International Journal of Water Resources Development},
volume = {26},
number = {2},
pages = {235-248},
year = {2010},
doi = {10.1080/07900621003775763},
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