The UN’s Human Right to Water in the Context of New Water Governance Regimes in South Africa and Tanzania

  • Eunice N. Sahle
  • Mary Galvin
  • Benjamin Pierce
  • Kara Todd
Part of the Contemporary African Political Economy book series (CONTAPE)


This chapter examines the rise of the human right to water treaty and situates the latter in the field of human rights. In addition, and with empirical analysis from South Africa and briefly from Tanzania, the chapter demonstrates the role of the state in both countries in the emergence of new water governance regimes in the era neoliberal economic reforms. Further, the chapter examines the extent to which the South African and Tanzanian states can fulfill its obligations to the human right to water, especially to the poor in urban and rural geographies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eunice N. Sahle
    • 1
  • Mary Galvin
    • 2
  • Benjamin Pierce
    • 3
  • Kara Todd
    • 4
  1. 1.University of North Carolina Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.University of JohannesburgJohannesburgSouth Africa
  3. 3.KIPP Durham College Preparatory Public SchoolDurhamUSA
  4. 4.US Federal Trade CommissionAlexandriaUSA

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