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The Water Poverty Index: an International Comparison

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  • Peter Lawrence

    (Keele University)

  • Jeremy Meigh

    (CEH, Wallingford)

  • Caroline Sullivan

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This paper reports on the construction of an International Water Poverty Index, part of the first phase of a research project into building a locally based version of the index. The purpose of the Water Poverty Index is to express an interdisciplinary measure which links household welfare with water availability and indicates the degree to which water scarcity impacts on human populations. Such an index makes it possible to rank countries and communities within countries taking into account both physical and socio-economic factors associated with water scarcity. This enables national and international organisations concerned with water provision and management to monitor both the resources available and the socio-economic factors which impact on access and use of those resources. This paper presents details of the methodology used and the results obtained for 140 countries covering measures of resources, access, capacity, use and environment.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Development and Comp Systems with number 0211003.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 05 Nov 2002
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpdc:0211003

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Keywords: Indicators; water; environment; water poverty; income poverty;

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  1. Sharma, Bharat R. & Riaz, M. V. & Pant, Dhruba & Adhikary, D. L. & Bhatt, B. P. & Rahman, H., 2010. "Water poverty in the northeastern hill region (India): potential alleviation through multiple-use water systems: cross-learnings from Nepal Hills," IWMI Research Reports H042825, International Water Management Institute.
  2. Dionissi Aliprantis, 2012. "Community-based well maintenance in rural Haiti," Working Paper 1201, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
  3. Danny Cho & Tomson Ogwang & Christopher Opio, 2010. "Simplifying the Water Poverty Index," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 97(2), pages 257-267, June.
  4. Itay Fischhendler & David Katz, 2013. "The use of “security” jargon in sustainable development discourse: evidence from UN Commission on Sustainable Development," International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 13(3), pages 321-342, September.
  5. Hatem Jemmali & Caroline Sullivan, 2014. "Multidimensional Analysis of Water Poverty in MENA Region: An Empirical Comparison with Physical Indicators," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 115(1), pages 253-277, January.
  6. Arnaud Buchs, 2008. "Standards Applied to Water Use : An Attempt to Build up Dynamic Indicators," Post-Print halshs-00319452, HAL.
  7. Al-Hmoud, Rashid & Edwards, Jeffrey A., 2004. "Private sector participation in the water and sanitation sector: alternative options and measurement issues," MPRA Paper 36437, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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