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Urban water governance failure and local strategies for overcoming water shortages in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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Abstract


  • In Tanzania’s largest city, Dar es Salaam, water supply does not meet the needs of the community. In response, people adopt multiple strategies to secure adequate water for their daily requirements. This paper investigates urban water provision and governance in Dar es Salaam, and has two aims: to investigate the causes of urban water failure; and to examine the full range of strategies employed by the local community to overcome water shortages. We critique the socioeconomic implications of both water shortages themselves and the methods used to overcome them. The paper draws on a household survey and key informant interviews in Temeke, one of the city’s three municipalities. We find that failing urban infrastructure and rapid urbanisation place additional pressure on water supply, but argue that the primary cause of water shortages is water governance failure.

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Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Rugemalila, R. & Gibbs, L. (2015). Urban water governance failure and local strategies for overcoming water shortages in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 33 (2), 412-427.

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  • 2-s2.0-84926345752

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3690&context=smhpapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/2669

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Number Of Pages


  • 15

Start Page


  • 412

End Page


  • 427

Volume


  • 33

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • In Tanzania’s largest city, Dar es Salaam, water supply does not meet the needs of the community. In response, people adopt multiple strategies to secure adequate water for their daily requirements. This paper investigates urban water provision and governance in Dar es Salaam, and has two aims: to investigate the causes of urban water failure; and to examine the full range of strategies employed by the local community to overcome water shortages. We critique the socioeconomic implications of both water shortages themselves and the methods used to overcome them. The paper draws on a household survey and key informant interviews in Temeke, one of the city’s three municipalities. We find that failing urban infrastructure and rapid urbanisation place additional pressure on water supply, but argue that the primary cause of water shortages is water governance failure.

Authors


Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Rugemalila, R. & Gibbs, L. (2015). Urban water governance failure and local strategies for overcoming water shortages in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 33 (2), 412-427.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84926345752

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3690&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/2669

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 15

Start Page


  • 412

End Page


  • 427

Volume


  • 33

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom