Achieving water security: lessons from research in water supply, sanitation and hygiene in Ethiopia

Author(s): 
Roger Calow, Eva Ludi, Josephine Tucker (editors)
Year: 
2013
Location: 
Africa
Type of Resource: 
Best Practice / Lessons Learned

The benefits of investing in water, sanitation and hygiene are clear. Households benefit through a range of health, educational, nutritional and broader livelihood impacts; local, regional and national economies benefit from greater economic activity, spending and investment; and over the longer term, households and economies benefit through greater resilience to climate change and shocks. So why are governments and their development partners struggling to meet water and sanitation targets? What factors make it difficult to sustain services at scale? And how can policies and plans for delivering and sustaining services to poor people be strengthened in the face of multiple pressures, including climate change? This book, the outcome of the five-year RiPPLE research programme in Ethiopia, addresses these questions head-on. It explores current international debates on service delivery in rural areas, and reflects on experiences of trying to fast-track research into policy and practice through an action-research approach, based on learning and practice alliances.