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Title: A critical assessment of governance of water : a case study of Kibera informal settlement Nairobi, Kenya
Author: Mailu, Dennis Matia
ISNI:       0000 0004 7227 4131
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2016
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Increasingly, the linkages between the role of ecosystem services and the complexity of the relationship between human well-being and poverty are being addressed in the literature. Yet, research on the role and cultural value of ecosystem services in poor urban areas has been limited to date. This novel work, in contrast, focuses on the under explored role of water services, the institutions that mediate these services, and the cultural values that are placed on water by poor informal settlements in developing countries. Water poses the largest problem in Africa’s largest urban slum, Kibera, located in Nairobi, Kenya. The communities there rely heavily on hawked water drawn from piped water and a borehole to meet their water needs. Historical and socio-political factors have led to improper urban planning, resulting in extensive environmental pollution and drainage problems. In this context, the connection between poverty and water services is evident, and it is emerging that they exacerbate each other. This study critically examines the meanings and value of water among people in two villages in Kibera, and explores the assumptions underpinning the institutions that mediate these values. This study is informed by (n= 37) community interviews, (n= 25) key governance actor interviews, (n=10) focus groups, and documents and participant observations conducted in Nairobi and Kibera at two stages in November-January 2014 and December 2014-February 2015.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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