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Title: Review of decision tools and trends for water and sanitation development projects
Authors: Barnes, Rebecca
Ashbolt, Nicholas
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: © WEDC, Loughborough University
Citation: BARNES, R. and ASHBOLT, N., 2006. Review of decision tools and trends for water and sanitation development Projects. IN: Fisher, J. (ed). Sustainable development of water resources, water supply and environmental sanitation: Proceedings of the 32nd WEDC International Conference, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 13-17 November 2006, pp. 187-194.
Abstract: Premature failure or abandonment of water and sanitation development interventions is a common phenomenon and one which is preventing potential benefits from being fully realised. An examination of common failure mechanisms reveals that most could have been prevented by the consideration of human health, environmental, economic, social and technical criteria during the initial decision-making process. Many tools have been proposed to support identification of a ‘most sustainable option’. However, they have not been, and often cannot be, adopted by development agencies. Strategies for improved planning need to incorporate the five criteria above in a manner practical in a developing region context. This is not a simple task. The relationships between technology choice and human health need to be better understood. Development agencies must also realise that the extra cost in time and effort of such planning is a small price to pay for projects which bring sustained benefit.
Description: This is a conference paper.
Version: Published
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/31741
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