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Governance Failure: Rethinking the Institutional Dimensions of Urban Water Supply to Poor Households

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  • Bakker, Karen
  • Kooy, Michelle
  • Shofiani, Nur Endah
  • Martijn, Ernst-Jan
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    Summary This paper applies a conceptual framework of "governance failure" to an analysis of the institutional dimensions of urban water supply provision to poor households, focusing on the case of Jakarta. Data from a household survey, archives, GIS-based mapping, and interviews are used to document governance failures that create disincentives for utilities to connect poor households and for poor households to connect. The paper concludes by suggesting that the debate over the relative merits of public and private provision has diverted attention from the pressing issue of governance reform, and by raising the question of whether household provision of networked water supply by monopolistic providers (whether public or private) is universally feasible given the current water supply policy norms.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Development.

    Volume (Year): 36 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 10 (October)
    Pages: 1891-1915

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:36:y:2008:i:10:p:1891-1915

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    Keywords: water infrastructure poverty access Asia Jakarta;

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    1. Jimenez-Redal, Ruben & Parker, Alison & Jeffrey, Paul, 2014. "Factors influencing the uptake of household water connections in peri-urban Maputo, Mozambique," Utilities Policy, Elsevier, vol. 28(C), pages 22-27.
    2. Kathrin Knüppe & Claudia Pahl-Wostl, 2011. "A Framework for the Analysis of Governance Structures Applying to Groundwater Resources and the Requirements for the Sustainable Management of Associated Ecosystem Services," Water Resources Management, Springer, vol. 25(13), pages 3387-3411, October.
    3. Hulya Dagdeviren & Simon A. Robertson, 2009. "Access to Water in the Slums of the Developing World," Working Papers 57, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.
    4. Tobias Lechtenfeld, 2012. "Why does piped water not reduce diarrhea for children? Evidence from urban Yemen," Courant Research Centre: Poverty, Equity and Growth - Discussion Papers 119, Courant Research Centre PEG.

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