Project Profile

Multiple use water services scoping study for identifying barriers and potentials for scaling


Duration : July 1, 2011 - December 31, 2011
Overview:

This scoping study, carried out by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in collaboration with the International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC), identifies barriers and potentials for scaling-up Multiple-Use water Services (MUS). Five countries with high potentials for scaling-up MUS for poverty alleviation are selected: India, Nepal, Ethiopia, Ghana and Tanzania. In the last two countries, the project collaborates with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Scaling pathways are explored from different entry points: first, with the domestic sector as entry point ('domestic-plus' for climbing the water services ladder); second, the irrigation sector ('irrigation-plus' for improving year-round access to water for non-irrigation uses); third, initiatives to promote MUS technologies as such (e.g., rope-and-washer pumps, small reservoirs, piped gravity flows), and, fourth, 'community-driven MUS' (as in India's National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, where over 60% of the social assets created by wage laborers are for harnessing and accessing water and drought proofing). The study informs a MUS search process by the Rockefeller Foundation, which will be completed in 2011.

Location(s): Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nepal, Tanzania
Project Contact: Van Koppen, B.
Donor(s): Rockefeller Foundation
Research Collaborator(s) : International Water and Sanitation Centre,
Project websites : http://www.musgroup.net