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Ghana : lessons for rural water supply : assessing progress towards sustainable service delivery

Rural water supply has been successfully extended to 65-76% (depending on source) of the rural population of Ghana. Ghana is on track to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) target for water, but behind this success are a complex set of challenges to turn newly provided water delivery infrastructure into sustainable services. At any time, a substantial proportion of water supply infrastructure is either not functioning or functioning sub-optimally. This study, commissioned by the Sustainable Service at Scale (Triple-S) project, seeks to shed light on the challenges to achieving scaled-up sustainable rural service delivery. It focuses on the gaps between theory and practice in how services are developed and delivered. The study is based on a desktop review, supported by limited primary data collection from three regions, and a stakeholder validation workshop. A number of service delivery models (SDM) based on the concept of community ownership and management (COM) currently being implemented in Ghana are identifi ed and examined. These models range from simple manually operated point sources to sophisticated multivillage schemes with house connections and standpipes. The study also examines the critical challenges and priorities to making services more sustainable. [authors abstract]

This is part of the Triple-S (Sustainable Services at Scale) Water services that last-project.

TitleGhana : lessons for rural water supply : assessing progress towards sustainable service delivery
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsVerdamato, T., De la Harpe, J., Adank, M., Moriarty, P.B.
Paginationix, 61 p.; 4 tab.; 8 fig.; 2 boxes
Date Published2011-01-01
PublisherIRC
Place PublishedThe Hague, The Netherlands
Keywordsghana, rural supply systems, sustainable development, Triple-S (Sustainable Services at Scale), water supply services
Abstract

Rural water supply has been successfully extended to 65-76% (depending on source) of the rural population of Ghana. Ghana is on track to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) target for water, but behind this success are a complex set of challenges to turn newly provided water delivery infrastructure into sustainable services. At any time, a substantial proportion of water supply infrastructure is either not functioning or functioning sub-optimally. This study, commissioned by the Sustainable Service at Scale (Triple-S) project, seeks to shed light on the challenges to achieving scaled-up sustainable rural service delivery. It focuses on the gaps between theory and practice in how services are developed and delivered. The study is based on a desktop review, supported by limited primary data collection from three regions, and a stakeholder validation workshop. A number of service delivery models (SDM) based on the concept of community ownership and management (COM) currently being implemented in Ghana are identifi ed and examined. These models range from simple manually operated point sources to sophisticated multivillage schemes with house connections and standpipes. The study also examines the critical challenges and priorities to making services more sustainable. [authors abstract]

This is part of the Triple-S (Sustainable Services at Scale) Water services that last-project.

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