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Assessing community management of water sources in rural Tanzania

This research study investigates the communal management of water points in a village in rural Tanzania. Following an explorative and people-centred approach, the study provides local in-depth views on how water is accessed and how water sources are managed. The focus is on the barriers people face when bearing the responsibility to manage their water sources. The study shows that water access and its management are strongly influenced by gendered division of labour, communal power structures, cultural traditions, and daily habits. Instead of understanding water as a bare natural resource with an economic value, this study indicates that water is also a social fact.

TitleAssessing community management of water sources in rural Tanzania
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsFarré, L.
Paginationix, 159 p. : 13 fig., 8 tab.
Date Published05/2017
PublisherUniversity of Basel
Place PublishedBasel, Switzerland
Thesis TypeMA Geography
Publication LanguageEnglish
Abstract

This research study investigates the communal management of water points in a village in rural Tanzania. Following an explorative and people-centred approach, the study provides local in-depth views on how water is accessed and how water sources are managed. The focus is on the barriers people face when bearing the responsibility to manage their water sources. The study shows that water access and its management are strongly influenced by gendered division of labour, communal power structures, cultural traditions, and daily habits. Instead of understanding water as a bare natural resource with an economic value, this study indicates that water is also a social fact.

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