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Regulating Rural Water Supply Services A comparative review of existing and emerging approaches with a focus on GIZ partner countries

This study responds to calls within GIZ to extend its considerable expertise in pro-poor regulation, which to date has largely centred on improving access to water services in urban low-income areas. Rights-based global commitments to addressing the persistent access gap between urban and rural areas have prompted a fresh look at the potential role of regulation. Guided by a review of the literature and expert insights, this study examines eight country case studies to explore the question of regulatory oversight for rural water supply services in the context of widely pledged universal service aspirations. Regulation is deliberately interpreted as a set of functions and competencies and a dynamic process involving providers and consumers as active participants. | »

Results-Based Contracts for Rural Water Services Uptime Working Paper 2

We explore how concessionary funding through results-based contracts for waterpoint reliability, volumetric use, and local revenue generation might enable sustainable rural water services for 100 million people by 2030. The ‘Uptime framework’ combines complementary and verifiable metrics to track progress towards reliable, equitable and sustainable services for all. | »

The 2019 RWSN directory of rural water supply services, tariffs, management models and lifecycle costs 2019 Edition [ENGLISH]

The rural water supply sector is undergoing a period of change. In response to the challenges of achieving universal access to safe, affordable drinking water and sustaining those services, there has been increasing innovation in different types of rural water service models.

This Directory is intended to show the growing range of management options. Some are novel interventions that are still being piloted, others have been established for a decade or more.

Also includes: Handpump Statistics 2019 (from WPDx data from Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia-Pacific)

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NEW: this Directory is currently being updated. Please refer to the information below to contribute. | »

Shaping Sustainable Socio-Ecological Landscapes in Africa: The Role of Transformative Research, Knowledge, and Partnerships

The Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) published a book on ​Shaping Sustainable Socio-Ecological Landscapes in Africa: The Role of Transformative Research, Knowledge, and Partnerships

SDC and the CDE look back to more than 30 years of cooperation in East Africa and the Horn of Africa.

This publication highlights the results of this collaboration and provides snapshots of jointly elaborated sustainable development pathways in the Blue Nile, Ewaso N’giro and Pangani river basins. Furthermore, it shows the importance of transformative research as an indispensable component in addressing sustainability challenges and shaping policies in the water sector and beyond. | »

Groundwater’s Contribution to Water Security in Africa UPGro Working Paper

This paper has been prepared by researchers within the UPGro (Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor) Programme, along with colleagues from the International Association of Hydrogeologists, Africa Groundwater Network, and GRIPP. It is intended as a working paper, presenting a summary of our current understanding of groundwater in Africa along four themes: (1) urban water security, (2) socially inclusive and sustainable rural water services, (3) groundwater for agricultural growth and transformation, and (4) groundwater resources and renewability. | »

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