• Gladys Moraa Marie Nyachieo
  • Constance Anyango Ouko


Water is essential for life. Water has a myriad of uses and hence is very important for existence or survival of all life on earth. Water and its planning and management are therefore key to African rural development. Without clean water, it will be impossible to keep away water related diseases among rural families. There are other related problems associated with the lack of clean potable water for the rural population. Water as a basic service plays a significant role in providing livelihood opportunities and supporting the health and well-being of rural families in Africa and the world over. About 23 per cent of the rural population of Africa had access to proper sanitation and 41 per cent had access to clean water in 2010 (WHO/UNESCO, 2010). How water is sourced, where it is sourced from, how it is transported and how it is stored, all contribute to water quality. This chapter presents evidence on research and policy on water in rural Africa.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gladys Moraa Marie Nyachieo
    • 1
  • Constance Anyango Ouko
    • 2
  1. 1.Kenyatta UniversityNairobiKenya
  2. 2.GenevaSwitzerland

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