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Joseph H Cook
PB AF 587
Seattle Campus

Water and Sanitation Policy in Economically Developing Countries

Examines the policy dimensions of providing water supply and sanitation services in developing countries.

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This course will examine the policy dimensions of providing water supply and sanitation (W&S) services in developing countries. We will begin with a review of the state of water and sanitation services in different parts of the world and then discuss the goals (principally MDG 7) and objectives for improving access and quality. We will spend several sessions focusing on three broad categories of benefits from water and sanitation improvements: economic, environmental, and health. After a brief introduction to new and old W&S technologies, we will move on to aspects of the planning process, including institutions & stakeholders, demand‐ and supply‐driven approaches, community participation models, and a discussion of the role that the private sector may play in providing W&S. How should W&S infrastructure be financed? We will discuss whether water is an economic good, look at various approaches to designing water tariffs and pricing policies, and examine approaches for protecting the poor. Finally, we will look at the "way ahead", including the question of how we can measure progress in meeting our goals, the role of large infrastructure projects (i.e. dams) as well as microfinance and point‐of‐use treatment, and the issue of water scarcity and global climate change.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Blake N Cooper
Date: 07/17/2009