Water for all?

Almost one billion people in the world lack safe water. Typically, it is the poor and marginalised people who do not even enjoy the basic requirement of 20 litres per day. But not because there isn’t enough water! The way we design our technological systems and the way we govern them, is what determine if we will be able to ensure that the human right to have access to water will be met.

In my work with the water sector reform issues in Eastern and Southern Africa I focus on analysis of equity and rights issues. In addition, one must remember that technology is not “a given” in these reforms. Attention must be given to how institutions create incentives for technological change processes which allow service provision also to the poor and marginalised. Clients have included donors, UN and research organisations.

In November 2013, the groundbreaking work on equity in water provision in Nairobi done in collaboration between UN Habitat / Global Water Operators Partnership Alliance (GWOPA) and Institut Francaise de Recherce en Afrique (IFRA) was presented. Dr. David Nilsson was one of the authors for the main report and presented the conclusions of this project which was carried out between 2011 and 2013.