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Neither rural nor urban: Service delivery options that work for the peri-urban poor

Allen, A; (2010) Neither rural nor urban: Service delivery options that work for the peri-urban poor. In: McCarney, P and Kurian, M, (eds.) Peri-urban Water and Sanitation Services. Policies, Planning and Method. (27 - 61). Springer: London.

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Abstract

This chapter examines why it is necessary and relevant to overcomer the rural-urban divide in order to obtain a better grasp of the water and sanitation (WATSAN) needs of the peri-urban poor. While explicit concern with the nature and impact of rural-urban linkages on people's livelihoods and quality of life is relatively recent, assumptions about the role of urban and rural areas and their relationship are implicit in almost all development theories. Aimed at taking the reader beyond the rural-urban dichotomy and public-private controversy, the discussion explores the multiple practices and arrangements by which the peri-urban poor actually access water and sanitation on the ground. The concept of co-production is presented in this context as a means to explore meaningful institutional mechanisms to support the practices, roles and rights of peri-urban women and men as key agents of change.

Type:Book chapter
Title:Neither rural nor urban: Service delivery options that work for the peri-urban poor
ISBN:9048194245
ISBN-13:9789048194247
DOI:10.1007/978-90-481-9425-4
Keywords:water and sanitation, service delivery governance, urban and peri-urban poverty, rural-urban linkages
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Development Planning Unit

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