This case study about community-based water management was carried out
in Lefhala, Limpopo province, a poor, rural and isolated village with
little access to services or state governance. The water project,
facilitated by a nongovernmental organisation (NGO) with support by
municipal leaders and carried out by a community-based and
community-selected water committee, seems to be one of the very few
developmental projects implemented in the village. However, the case
study shows that community participation in development interventions in
this isolated village is obstructed by a) existing conflicts and
inequalities in the community, b) by the continuous reproduction of
existing bureaucratic hierarchies, and c) by a lack of proper training
and funding to sustain services delivery systems. Nevertheless, the
community's involvement in the water project seems to have sparked
several community members to expand on the uses of acquired skills and
Case study: Tsogang water and sanitation project, Lefahla village, Limpopo Province. Working Paper No. 7, Bradford Centre for International Development, University of Bradford, UK, 33 pp.
Case study: Tsogang water and sanitation project, Lefahla village, Limpopo Province. Working Paper No. 7.