I recently read an article in the Economist that made the argument that, given high rates of current and future urbanization throughout Asia and Africa, what is needed is good and orderly sprawl, in which rights of way are planned out and property rights are upheld and landowners are compensated for development of public ways. I […]
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Given the Hollywood treatment through the movie Chinatown, we see the California ‘water wars’ in action. Conflicts between private landowners, municipalities, etc. exist to some extent or another, as does the general issue of sectoral (urban, agricultural, industrial) use and allocation. While, there are varied perspectives on how this issue plays out (“whiskey is for drinking. […]
Rather than stay up at the 10,000 foot level of analysis of some of my previous posts, today I’d like to focus down on a recent report from the Stockholm Environment Institute that highlights some major concerns that exist in terms of the enabling environment in Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania for investments in sanitation and […]
I tend to think about the concept of water governance quite often… in fact, I did a whole PhD on the topic. To me, it makes a lot of sense and, at least at the 10,000-foot level of analysis, can explain why some have access to water, others don’t, and why this matters to the […]
It has been an on-and-off trend in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector to Talk Shit in order to move the dial forward in terms of access to sanitation. In 2008, for example, The Year of Sanitation had this forceful message to use the word shit in order to spur change. Same thing with […]
“They come with their pens, but they don’t bring us water” “Wazungu wote wanakuja na kalamu zao, lakini hawana kutuletea maji.” Nearly a decade ago I was walking out of an informal settlement in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with a research assistant and overheard someone behind us say this. Everyone is still trying to figure […]