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Falling through the net: access to water and sanitation by the peri-urban water poor

Hofmann, P; (2011) Falling through the net: access to water and sanitation by the peri-urban water poor. International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development , 3 (1) 10.1080/19463138.2011.577274.

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Abstract

There is still a considerable gap that needs to be filled in order to meet the water and sanitation target of the Millennium Development Goals. Current efforts are driven by the particular way in which the problem has been conceptualised, and this has implications for a large part of the population that lacks access to water supply and sanitation services (WSS), but is continually overlooked. This article takes a closer look at official attempts to improve WSS in order to understand their underlying assumptions and subsequent implications for the provision of services. This is contrasted with evidence from research in Cairo, Caracas, Chennai, Dar es Salaam and Mexico City, which sheds light on the continued struggles of the peri-urban water poor in gaining access to services. Peri-urban communities in these cities have developed a number of needs-driven practices in order to compensate for the inefficiency of the formal WSS system, but remain largely invisible and unsupported due to their political status. The article argues for recognition and active involvement of the peri-urban water poor to have a realistic chance to address the global water and sanitation challenges.

Type:Article
Title:Falling through the net: access to water and sanitation by the peri-urban water poor
DOI:10.1080/19463138.2011.577274
Publisher version:http://www.tandf.co.uk/
Language:English
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Development Planning Unit

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