The Last 100 metres: Safeguarding potable water provisioning to urban informal settlements

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Research Project Agreement [RPA]


Safeguarding the last 100 metres of potable water supply by improving the quality of the local environment (space around people’s homes and neighbourhoods) and raising public understanding is thus a vital vehicle for SDGs’ achievement.

The L100M project will explore this policy-relevant hypothesis through five objectives:
* Examining the extent to which ‘neglect of sewage removal from unplanned settlements’ limits achievement of SDG targets 6.1 and 6.2
* Exploring why neither market-based nor state-civic interventions have succeeded in reducing contamination in ‘the last 100 metres’
* Identifying the practices that have emerged to counter the market-state-civic society failure and assessing the constraints and opportunities they offer
* Distinguishing contamination that originates from within settlements from what comes from their surrounds - to ensure community ownership of problems and achievements
* Experimenting with delivery of programmes through NGO partners and community participation, that ensure potable water remains safe

A multi-disciplinary team of scientists, advisors, NGO practitioners, business leaders and community members are involved in collecting and analysing this data, ‘authentic dialogues’ to interpret findings, and to develop research-led WASH interventions which reduce faecal contamination of drinking water in the L100M.

The team includes: three UK institutions (Lancaster University, The University of Manchester and British Water); four Bangladeshi organisations (BRAC University, University of Dhaka, Dushtha Shasthya Kendra [DSK] and WaterAid Bangladesh); one Indian organisation (Centre for Science and Environment [CSE]); and two Tanzanian organisations (Ardhi University and BRAC Tanzania). Principal Investigator was Dr Manoj Roy.
Short titleR:HDG BA GCRF James Rothwell
Effective start/end date1/12/1631/03/18