Social entrepreneurship, water supply, and resilience: lessons from the sanitation sector

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In this article, I lay out some ideas on developing resilient local water systems by drawing from fieldwork in the sanitation sector. Specifically, I examine how differing configurations of water resource ownership (municipality, private sector) and water system management (municipality, community, private sector) can help to construct models of water supply management that are resilient to both local and global shocks and which can inform the development of sustainable water supply systems in communities of different sizes and divergent endowments of water resources. In doing this, I attempt to link recent work on organizational resilience and social enterprise to the broader field of water resources ownership and management as seen from a development perspective.

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Chowdhury, I. Social entrepreneurship, water supply, and resilience: lessons from the sanitation sector. J Environ Stud Sci 9, 327–339 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13412-018-0532-3

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Keywords

  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Resilience
  • Partnership
  • Water supply
  • Sanitation