Abandoning community management for 'professionalization' of water supply in rural Benin

Anna Le Gouais, James Webster

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Abstract

How to achieve sustainability in rural water supply is an ongoing challenge and involvement of the community is often seen as crucial for long term success. However, in Benin community management is generally viewed as a disaster after years of poor management, particularly misuse offunds, which has led to unsustainable systems. As a result, the national sfrategy has shifted away from community management and towards 'professionalization' and promotion of the private sector in rural and small town water management. This study analyses the attitudes of key stakeholders, particularly decision makers, towards four forms of management which local authorities can chose to impose, involving community Water User Associations (WUAs) and the private sector to varying degrees. It shows a sfrong preference towards excluding WUAs by the water services, who advise local authorities, as well as by facilitators. However, some areas continue to include WUAs to avoid conflict with communities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Future of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Low-Income Countries
Subtitle of host publicationInnovation, Adaptation and Engagement in a Changing World - Proceedings of the 35th WEDC International Conference
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event2011 35th WEDC International Conference - The Future of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Low-Income Countries: Innovation, Adaptation and Engagement in a Changing World - Loughborough, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Jul 20118 Jul 2011

Publication series

NameThe Future of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Low-Income Countries: Innovation, Adaptation and Engagement in a Changing World - Proceedings of the 35th WEDC International Conference

Conference

Conference2011 35th WEDC International Conference - The Future of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Low-Income Countries: Innovation, Adaptation and Engagement in a Changing World
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLoughborough
Period6/07/118/07/11

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