This paper presents preliminary results from a research project on the governance of water and sanitation services in the peri-urban interface (PUI) of five metropolitan areas (Chennai, Dar es Salaam, Cairo, Mexico City and Caracas). It explores differences and similarities in the formal and informal practices in the delivery and consumption of these services. It deals with issues of access to decision-making, equity, cultural and political practices in
delivering, sharing or competing for services, and perceptions of local 'ownership' of natural resources, while highlighting the role that different actors, including state institutions, play in these processes.
This paper is also available at the The Development Planning Unit website.
Paper presented at: Urban Governance, diversity and social action in cities of the South, N-Aerus Annual Conference, 15-16 September 2004, Barcelona, Spain. pp. 21