Community Advocacy for Sustainable Rural Water Services

National Water-Point Mapping
August 25, 2020
Borehole Forensics
August 25, 2020

Community Advocacy for Sustainable Rural Water Services

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, and is subject to considerable pressure on water resources, aggravated by a changing climate. Donors and NGOs are fundamental to the provision of rural water services, but around a third of installations fail due to poor quality installation. The combination of a weak regulatory regime, lack of community awareness and information, and disenfranchisement of vulnerable individuals, together mean that water service providers are rarely held to account for their failures. The impact, however, is felt principally by vulnerable rural communities. This reflects a serious imbalance of resources and power between the providers of rural water services, and the people who depend on them. This project, implemented in partnership with The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency through the generous support of the Climate Justice Innovation Fund, seeks to redress this imbalance by empowering poor and vulnerable communities to better hold rural water service providers to account, and help ensure more sustainable rural water supply in future. Building off the borehole forensics work with University of Strathclyde, this project focuses on the rights of vulnerable rural communities to ensure that money raised and spent in their name is used effectively and efficiently, creating real and lasting benefits that help some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world cope with the impacts of a changing climate on the availability of clean and reliable water supplies. Follow our social media or our website updates for progress on this exciting project.

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