Choice and Use of Rural Water Supply Systems

The Environmental and Socio-Cultural Dimension
  • Wilson Nyaoro

Abstract

Many of the rural water supply development projects designed by planners, government agencies and non-governmental organisations remain alien to the people intended to benefit from them because their ideas cannot take root in a new cultural landscape. Technicians normally blame project failures on social institutions, cultural norms, values, attitudes and practices, not knowing that cultural self-image and identity usually resist superimposed change. The result is that a significant proportion of water projects have either been abandoned, vandalised or only function intermittently and have therefore failed to meet the expectations of the intended beneficiaries, governments and donors. Any meaningful and sustainable development of rural water supplies must therefore address the inherent environmental socio-cultural set-up of the target group.

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Sugar Clay Maize Transportation Income 

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