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Research


advancing global water and health sector knowledge

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innovative investigations to elucidate and characterize the links between water, infrastructure, health, and the environment to inform policy making and program development

Current Studies


Current Studies


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IE17B1: Use of water and health data to augment urban drinking water service planning in Fada N’gourma

Burkina Faso

Despite considerable progress made in past decades, drinking water services in Burkinabè urban areas remain heterogeneous in terms of their service coverage and reliability, infrastructure performance, and water quality. This situation is due in part to the insufficient coordination of the various actors, national and international, intervening in the drinking water sector. Their insufficient coordination, particularly the non-coordination of their monitoring and evaluation programs, leads to inadequate and incomplete drinking water service data. This data is crucial to drinking water development activities and service provision. Without it, actor decision-making is uninformed, which leads to resource misallocation and subsequently to reduced safe water access and increased waterborne disease incidences. The current study works to address this data gap in the city of Fada N’Gourma, Burkina Faso. Armed with these data, water actors will be able to identify the areas most in need of further infrastructure investment and the geographic areas and the specific seasonal times with the poorest water quality allowing for targeted efforts.

 

Collaborations

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A multi-stakeholder and perceptions based analysis of water governance: the case of water points in Fada N’gourma

Burkina Faso

Collaboration with David Immer (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Several water problems in sub-Saharan Africa can be traced back to governance structures instead of the resource base itself. In this vein, it has been highlighted that 20% of existing water points in Burkina Faso are currently non-functional. In order to address the problem, this research project aims to understand the problematics and opportunities in the organization of water service provision in Fada N’Gourma. In doing so, a novel framework is applied to analyze water governance in an urban context. The framework focuses on understanding the perceptions of all stakeholders involved, from the consumers of water services to the responsible authorities. A holistic picture of the current situation shall be painted highlighting the opinions and insights of the different actors.