Shifting Leadership for Sustainability: A Community-Based Safe Water and Nutrition (SWAN) Project in Vietnam

  • Kumiko TakanashiEmail author
  • Junko Kiriya
  • Dao To Quyen
  • Akira Shibanuma
  • Masamine Jimba


Community-based approaches have been adopted as a mechanism to improve water supplies in low-resourced environments. This chapter describes leadership development and practice in the context of the delivery of a community-based water program in Vietnam called Project SWAN. The project aimed to (1) improve the water supply systems in order to meet government quality and quantity standards and (2) establish effective management systems to sustain safe water supplies at the community level. Through collaboration between public sectors, NGOs, academia, the private sector, and local communities, safe water was provided to thousands of people who had previously not had access to it. Each partner contributed specialized expertise in each phase of the project in order to achieve community ownership and sustainability of the program over time. The key components of leadership were investment in capacity building, ensuring infrastructure development, early involvement of community members, building supportive policies, and external financial and material support.


Water supply Community-based approach Capacity development Leadership Vietnam 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kumiko Takanashi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Junko Kiriya
    • 2
  • Dao To Quyen
    • 1
  • Akira Shibanuma
    • 2
  • Masamine Jimba
    • 2
  1. 1.International Life Sciences Institute Japan Center for Health PromotionTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Community and Global HealthThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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