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|Title: ||Coverage as a misleading development goal: the concept of water-person-years|
|Authors: ||Koestler, Andreas G.|
Koestler, Marius A.
|Issue Date: ||2009|
|Publisher: ||© WEDC, Loughborough University|
|Citation: ||KOESTLER, A.G. ... et al, 2009. Coverage as a misleading development goal: the concept of water-person-years. IN: Shaw, R.J. (ed). Water, sanitation and hygiene - Sustainable development and multisectoral approaches: Proceedings of the 34th WEDC International Conference, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 18-22 May 2009, 4p.p.|
|Abstract: ||Large sums of money have been poured into developing countries by donors, aid agencies and NGOs to
improve people’s access to water. However, many of the constructed water sources have broken down or
are dysfunctional. At the same time, donors, governments and NGOs rush to achieve coverage targets,
ambitiously set and inaccurately measured. This paper proposes a new way of measuring the impact of
investments. Assessing investments in “waterpersonyears”
over a defined period of time, allows for a
more efficient allocation of resources, and calls for a rethinking of the current development approach.
Measuring in waterpersonyears
is necessary in order to shift focus from new infrastructure
development to operation and maintenance of existing water systems, something that is crucial for
|Description: ||This is a conference paper.|
|Appears in Collections:||WEDC 34th International Conference|
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