This is the response to a DEWPoint helpdesk request for a survey of the published and unpublished literature relating to the sustainability of rural community-managed water supply systems, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. It was intended to inform a study of the sustainability of rural community-managed water supply systems in Madagascar. The report first outlines some areas for consideration when reviewing the literature. This is followed by an annotated bibliography listing 31 geographically diverse resources, 3 specific to Madagascar, and a list of further documents to consult. A number of themes were identified as key to affecting sustainability in water supply systems. The papers reviewed were categorised according to these categories in order to ascertain which themes were covered in each paper and in order to identify any additional themes for consideration. A summary table of documents according to theme is presented.
This report was produced by DEW Point, a Resource Centre for Environment, Water and Sanitation, that was funded by DFID and managed by a consortium of companies led by Harewelle International Limited. The Resource Centre closed in 2012.
Flowers, C. Literature scoping on sustainability of rural community-managed water supply systems. Draft Report, 23rd April 2009. DEW Point, Blisworth, UK (2009) 30 pp.