Rapid urbanisation characterises most parts of the developing world, with socio-environmental implications at local, regional and global levels. Providing adequate water and sanitation services, maintaining water’s availability for production and livelihoods, and ensuring that cities do not adversely affect ecosystems are fundamental challenges.

The exploration of urban development paths that sustain the resource base and ecological functions while alleviating water-related poverty, will involve the study of – water withdrawals, supply and quality – vulnerability to severe stresses and everyday risks, and – institutional and socioeconomic relations that govern water access, use and disposal in the urban, peri-urban as well as upstream and downstream areas.

Results of this research should include scenarios developed with stake-holders in order to identify strategic planning options.

Funder: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency