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A tale of two cities: restoring water services in Kabul and Monrovia

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dc.contributor Médecins Sans Frontières, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Water Engineering and Development Centre, Loughborough University, United Kingdom
dc.creator Pinera, J-F
dc.creator Reed, R A
dc.date 2009-01-12
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-31T07:30:05Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-31T07:30:05Z
dc.identifier Disasters 2009;33(4):574-90
dc.identifier 1467-7717
dc.identifier 19207539
dc.identifier 10.1111/j.1467-7717.2008.01088.x
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/10144/114134
dc.identifier http://fieldresearch.msf.org/msf/handle/10144/114134
dc.identifier Disasters
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.mediu.edu.my:8181/xmlui/handle/10144/114134
dc.description Kabul and Monrovia, the respective capitals of Afghanistan and Liberia, have recently emerged from long-lasting armed conflicts. In both cities, a large number of organisations took part in emergency water supply provision and later in the rehabilitation of water systems. Based on field research, this paper establishes a parallel between the operations carried out in the two settings, highlighting similarities and analysing the two most common strategies. The first strategy involves international financial institutions, which fund large-scale projects focusing on infrastructural rehabilitation and on the institutional development of the water utility, sometimes envisaging private-sector participation. The second strategy involves humanitarian agencies, which run community-based projects, in most cases independently of the water utilities, and targeting low-income areas. Neither of these approaches manages to combine sustainability and universal service. The paper assesses their respective strengths and weaknesses and suggests ways of improving the quality of assistance provided.
dc.language en
dc.relation http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-7717.2008.01088.x/abstract
dc.rights Published by Wiley-Blackwell Archived on this site with the kind permission of Wiley-Blackwell, [url]http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/loi/DISA[/url]
dc.title A tale of two cities: restoring water services in Kabul and Monrovia
dc.type Article

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