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The Water Poverty Index: an International Comparison

  • Peter Lawrence

    (Keele University)

  • Jeremy Meigh

    (CEH, Wallingford)

  • Caroline Sullivan

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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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 05 Nov 2002
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpdc:0211003
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  2. Streeten, Paul, 1994. "Human Development: Means and Ends," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 84(2), pages 232-37, May.
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