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published and unpublished literature relating to the sustainability of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.