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Title:The development of water management institutions and the provision for water delivery in Cameroon: history and futures
Authors:Oumar, Saidou Baba
Tewari, Devi Datt
Periodical:Ghana Journal of Development Studies (ISSN 0855-6768)
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:water management
water supply
capacity building
Abstract:This paper examines past scenarios and future prospects for the development of water management institutions and provisions for water delivery in Cameroon. The major aim of the paper is to reconstruct the history of water management that led to the current water delivery system in Cameroon. Data obtained from personal observation and secondary sources were used to capture the objectives of the inquiry. The paper observed that despite the classification of Cameroon as a water surplus country, the country's 18 million inhabitants suffer from hardships on a day to day basis and experience a low standard of living, caused by a lack of progress in Cameroon's water management. The non-existence of proper water policies and water laws together with undeveloped water structures have reinforced the country's poor provisioning of water. The paper concludes that this can be attributed to the lack of development of water management institutions and structures. The paper suggests a set of broad guidelines for developing water institutions and the authors encourage the creation of a financially viable autonomous water structure from which a sound water policy and water laws can be drafted. Bibligr., sum. [Journal abstract]