Theme: Seasonality & Rural Water Supply
Join us for a webinar panel discussion, January 23, on the recent WaSH Policy Research Digest that addressed the impacts of seasonality on rural water supply. In this issue of the Digest, the authors pulled out the following policy take-aways:
- The demands on water committees are greater during the rainy season, when their resources, in terms of time and money, are lowest; seasonality thus plays a role in water committee success.
- Governments must manage the inputs of external actors offering support in order to ensure they understand the impact of seasonality, and that they engage and monitor over a full cycle of rainy and dry seasons before proposing management structures.
- Water committees must be able to tailor their management to seasonal realities, such as allowing larger payments after the harvest rather than equal monthly payments year-round.
- Monitoring must be improved to avoid dry season bias and provide a full picture of water access, water use behaviour, and management challenges over the entire seasonal cycle.
The panel will be moderated by Clarissa Brocklehurst of the Water Institute at UNC, with opening remarks by Dr. Jamie Bartram, Director of the Water Institute at UNC.
- Ryan Cronk, Postdoctoral Research Associate, The Water Institute at UNC
- Kerstin Danert, RWSN Theme Leader for Sustainable Groundwater Development, SKAT Foundation
- Emma Kelly, Graduate Research Assistant, The Water Institute at UNC