Sustainable water at scale
Why don't we all have access to clean water?
A future DFID research programme hopes to address the problems of water supply in developing countries. The programme will focus on the sustainable delivery of water services to multiple users in developing countries at scale.
On 21 November 2012, UKCDS brought together a group of water experts to explore the challenges and opportunities for sustainable water delivery. The resulting suggestions, contained in a workshop report, will contribute to the broader consultation process being carried out by DFID to develop the future programme.
DFID propose that the programme is underpinned by three core elements:
1. the whole system, in terms of both the water sector as a whole and the multiple actors and users involved (government, private sector, local communities);
2. sustainability, in terms of how to manage impacts of future stresses on the system and how to deliver systems that can be cost effective, financially sustainable and country owned; and
3. what works at scale.
The specific purpose of the workshop was to test the whole system approach and focus on the issues related to the sustainable delivery of water services to multiple users.
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