Tuesday, June 19, 2012
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Water Alternatives Special Issue on Trends and Developments in Rural Water Supply Services Delivery
Water Alternatives will publish a special issue on trends and developments in rural water supply services delivery, highlighting challenges and changes to the hitherto mainstream approaches to rural water supply. In addition, the special issue will seek to create a better understanding how political economy influences changes in rural water supply. They invite papers that could be published as part of this special issue. Specifically, they seek both papers which provide a theoretical background to the changing approaches towards rural water supply and papers based on empirical study of service-delivery focused approaches. Potential topics would include, among others:
- Service delivery approaches for rural water supply. Papers on this topic could provide a clear conceptual framework to service delivery approaches, examine critically how the approach and the concept have developed, and differ, from past approaches, in the wider debate about available approaches to rural water supply.
- Political economy of rural water supply. Papers on this topic should address the question on how the political economy shapes the development of the rural water supply sub-sector, and its reform processes. Given the high aid-dependency of the sub-sector in many countries, specific emphasis should be given on the role of aid on the political economy of rural water supplies.
- Human right to water. The recognition of the human right to water is giving a new impetus to policy discussions on rural water supplies.
- Historical perspectives on rural water supplies in developed countries. The focus in this special issue is on rural water supply in countries that still need to extend coverage. But papers that describe the historical development of rural water supply in the developed world, with insights for elsewhere, are also welcomed. Those should particularly address how, and at what level of national wealth, developed countries have addressed issues of financial sustainability of rural water supplies.
- Costing and financing of services. Papers are requested that describe how services/life-cycle costing approaches are applied and the implications of the findings of such work for financing arrangements, in view of long-term affordability of services.
- Monitoring and support to service delivery. This refers to institutional arrangements for on-going monitoring and support to rural service providers. Particularly, we would seek papers that describe the costs and impacts of such mechanisms in terms of changes in sustainability.
- What are the business strategies of different informal providers and what is the nature of the relationship of informal operators with their customers and how does this relationship influence service provision?
Deadline: July 15, 2012
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