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Water Conversations: Water Governance in sub-Saharan Africa: Effectiveness of Decentralization Policy in Expanding Access to Water in Ghana and Tanzania    Wed May 16, 2018, Ottawa, ON

Join us on Wednesday, May 16th, for the 8th edition of the GWI's "Water Conversations". We'll be hearing from Public Affairs graduate Nadia Springle on the effectiveness of decentralization policies in expanding access to water in Ghana and Tanzania!

The event is open to all, but we would appreciate an RSVP so we know how many snacks and drinks to bring! Contact me at christiane.mineau (at) The talk will take place between noon and 1pm in Mackenzie 3235. Hope to see you there!

Abstract: Expanding access to safe drinking water stands as one of the key priorities on the international development agenda. Sub-Saharan Africa is viewed with particular concern, as the region lags behind most continents regarding progress in this area. In response to this local and international concern, policy makers in the water sector have shifted their focus to what some have declared a ‘crisis of governance’. The agenda of governance in the water sector has emphasized the need to decentralize decision-making and management of water resources to the lowest appropriate level. Since the 1990s, this call for decentralization of water supply and resources management has informed the policy paths of the water sector in sub-Saharan Africa as well as globally. However, despite the widespread adoption of decentralization across sub-Saharan Africa, rates of progress in water access have been uneven across countries, and the region continues to face substantial problems regarding water access. As such, I seek to critically engage with the performance of decentralized water governance systems and their capacity to increase access to improved water sources. This research compares Ghana and Tanzania in this area, as both countries have undergone decentralization reforms in their water sectors since the 1990s. Despite similar policies and institutional frameworks, these countries have achieved considerably different levels of water access.


For more information:

Contact Name: Christiane Mineau
Phone: (613)520-2600 x2516
E-mail: christiane.mineau (at)

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