A Hidden Resource
Updated - Thursday 04 October 2012
Self Supply involves households taking the lead in their own development, making investments in the construction, upgrading and maintenance of their own water sources, lifting devices and storage facilities. In Ethiopia, traditional or family wells are common, providing access by the owners and their neighbours to a vital resource. Yet Self Supply’s contribution to providing water services is hidden. It has not been officially recognised until recently, and programmes to make it safer and more widespread are only on the drawing board. This report brings together the findings of two complementary research studies on the role of Self Supply in rural water services provision in two different regions of Ethiopia, Oromia and the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region. It aims to help fill some of the gaps in our knowledge about the existing performance of traditional wells, especially water quality, and the reasons that motivate families to build, improve and maintain their own water sources.
Sutton, S., Butterworth, J. and Mekonta, L. 2012. A hidden resource: household-led rural water supply in Ethiopia. [online] The Hague: IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre. Available at: <http://www.irc.nl/page/74548>.
One of the studies for the report was undertaken in SNNPR with the support of the RiPPLE research programme (Sutton, Mamo, Butterworth and Dimtse,
2011) and is available on the RiPPLE website: http://www.rippleethiopia.org/outputs/list/papers
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