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Community Water, Community Management

Edited By Ton Schouten
ISBN: 9781853395642
Community management has become the leading concept for implementing water supply systems in rural areas . In the light of two decades of experience, this book considers the opportunities and constraints of community management in providing a service to the millions of people who need it:

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  • Synopsis
    Community Water, Community Management is for all in the water sector who operate at the interface between communities and support organizations. Managers of water schemes and engineers alike will find a wealth of information about how people interact with their pipes and wells, what can go wrong and how others have overcome problems. Community management has become the leading concept for implementing water supply systems in rural areas in the South. In the early days it was seen as the answer to the breakdown of water supply systems and the failure of government to supply clean water. In the light of two decades of experience, this book considers the opportunities and constraints of community management in providing a service to the millions of people who need it: What factors affect community cohesion? Why do systems fail? Under what conditions is community management the most suitable model? How can support to community managed systems best be provided? What are the key actions needed to scale up community management successfully? Published in collaboration with IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre
  • Table of Contents
    Prelims (Preface, Contents, List of Figures, Tables and Maps, List of Boxes, List of Acronyms)
    1. Introduction, How This Book is Structured
    PART 1: SETTING THE SCENE: COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT, THE PROJECT, COUNTRIES AND COMMUNITIES
    2. Setting the scene; A brief history of community management of rural water supply
    3. Participatory Action Research on community management of rural water supply
    4. Countries and communities
    PART 2: THE STORIES: COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT IN PRACTICE
    5. The Stories; Living communities - complex and dynamic
    6. Factors that affect community cohesion
    7. Water flows through the lives of communities
    8. Instruments and techniques of management
    9. Management capacities
    10. Cost recovery and managing finances
    11. Selecting and designing water systems and protecting the source
    12. The enabling environment
    13. Why do systems fail?
    PART 3: THE WAY FORWARD
    14. The Way Forward; Mapping the key factors of community management
    15. Factors external to the community
    16. From system to service - scaling up
    17. Investing in support
    Back Matter (Appendices 1-4, References, Index)
  • Endorsements
    Has an overwhelming sense of reality. The material is treated in a candid, honest manner, bursting with information and valuable learning. Sue Coates, Water Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC).
    Community management is an important and complex subject à referred to frequently, but understood inadequately. I recommend this book to policy-makers, field staff and students alike. Jon Lane, former Director of WaterAid.
    Challenges, provokes and provides clear direction to our thinking on community managed approaches to rural water supply. Such a book is long overdue for the sector. Darren Saywell, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).

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    Editor Ton Schouten
    Number of Pages 192
    Format Paperback / softback
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