Community Water Governance Systems in Khulna, Bangladesh
Exploring how to solve the problem of access to water in a medium-sized city in the Global South
Community-based governance mechanisms are often seen as effective tools to allow the urban poor to access public services. Proponents argue that these mechanisms allow the poor to be active agents of government support. Sonia Ahmad’s research focuses on the City of Khulna, where the water utility is partnering with BRAC to facilitate a community-based water supply to the urban poor. Ahmad is collaborating with the nonprofit to study their community-based organizations and understand how it is experienced by the people receiving the water supply. In addition to her research with them, she will also be documenting, disseminating and advocating for their collective work.
Topics: Access, Equity and Justice; Energy, Environment and Sustainability
- Graduate student: Sonia Ahmad, city and regional planning
Special committee chair:
Neema Kudva, Department of City and Regional Planning
College of Architecture, Art and Planning
- Community partner: BRAC
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