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Research


advancing global water and health sector knowledge

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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


In-house studies

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

Burkina Faso

Water quality monitoring represents a crucial public health monitoring tool.  In developing urban centers, water infrastructure is often composite in nature, installed and monitored by a range of organizations like utilities, NGOs, and community groups.  This heterogeneity prevents comprehensive water quality surveillance.  To understand the linkages between infrastructure type, water quality, sponsoring organization, and diarrheal disease, we are monitoring water quality in all public water points in the city of Fada N'gourma for 9 months.  Additionally, to determine individual water sourcing tendencies, we are employing water accounting techniques to enumerate the number of users per water point.  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 analyse 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.