The Lagos Water Crisis: Any Role for the Private Sector?

By |2018-08-28T11:35:39+00:00August 28th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, governance & finance, urban & metropolitan governance, water & sanitation, Tags: , , , , , |

Lagos is suffering from severe water shortage due to profit-oriented politics. Akinbode Oluwafemi points out the conflicts and problems around the privatisation of the water sector and offers alternative solutions for one of the world’s most populous cities.

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Mitigation Through Innovation: Sustainable Water Supply in Windhoek

By |2018-03-22T10:21:51+00:00March 22nd 2018|urban nexus, water & sanitation, Tags: , , , , |

Windhoek—the capital city of Namibia, the most arid country in Sub-Saharan Africa—has long met its severe water challenges through innovation. But its growing population is increasing its demand for water while climate change exacerbates scarce supplies. On the occation of World Water Day 2018, Pierre van Rensburg highlights the city's innovative augmentation strategies to keep the crisis from becoming a catastrophe.

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Managing Water in Secondary Cities: Interview with Mathew Kurian

By |2018-03-20T11:12:56+00:00March 16th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, water & sanitation, Tags: , , , |

As World Water Day approaches, URBANET interviewed Mathew Kurian of UN University about managing water supplies in secondary cities. Although often overshadowed by megacities, secondary cities face slightly different—but just as significant—water challenges as their larger neighbours. Kurian argues that secondary cities could be important laboratories for innovative financing mechanisms, but that we must first disrupt the entrenched dis-incentives that promote business as usual.

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Antananarivo, Madagascar: Partnership for water access transformation

By |2018-08-02T11:56:41+00:00December 14th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, water & sanitation, Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In order to reach the Sustainable Development Goals related to water, sanitation and hygiene, the government of Madagascar has drawn up an action plan and commissioned JIRAMA, the country’s state-owned electricity and water provider, to improve access to safe water supply.

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Upscaling Sanitation for the Urban Poor in Kenya

By |2017-10-14T15:02:14+00:00August 29th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, water & sanitation, Tags: , , , , , , |

Providing access to urban sanitation is challenging because of space limitations, complex land tenure and higher public health concerns in crowded settlements. This is especially true for low-income urban areas. For URBANET, Jane Njagi describes how this challenge has been tackled in Tharaka Nithi County, Kenya.

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Investing in Asia’s Urban Future

By |2018-08-02T12:12:26+00:00January 23rd 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, water & sanitation, Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Asia is one of the regions of the world that is experiencing extremely rapid urbanisation. The Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) has recently launched a photobook in which case studies of four cities in Asia illustrate innovative ways to tackle issues in key sectors such as flood and drainage management, water supply, transport and waste management.

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