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Title:Far from basic rules: social dynamics, legal regulations and access to household water in Northern Ghana, 1965-2012
Author:Eguavoen, Irit
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0008-3968)
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:water supply
drinking water
water management
rural areas
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/00083968.2013.827987
Abstract:Northern Ghana has been a pilot region for implementing drinking water programmes. The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has acted as a key player in constructing hand pumps and small-town water systems, as well as in designing institutional frameworks for their delivery and management, which have been subsequently up-scaled to national level. Water rights are neither uniform nor immune to institutional drawbacks. This ethnographic study analyses the history of water supply in a rural settlement of Ghana from the mid-1960s through to 2012, and outlines the evolution of local water rights regimes. It shows that water development is a non-progressive, multi-directional and hegemonic process that is driven by institutional bricolage and rule making in external and local political arenas. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]