Scaling up and transferring community-managed rural water systems to urban settings. Dr Jeff Tan.
Access to clean water and sanitation (SDG6) is central to health and wellbeing (SDG3), particularly for the poor. However, capital investment in water in the Global South has been undermined by the failure to finance operations and maintenance (O&M) because (poor) households often cannot, or are unwilling to, pay. The successful operation of over 400 community-managed rural water projects covering over 100,000 households in northern Pakistan by the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) has led to the introduction of community-managed urban water schemes. This research examines two AKAH urban water schemes in Gilgit, Pakistan, to assess the viability of this community-managed model and if it can be scaled up and transferred to other urban settings. It brings together researchers in economics, anthropology and engineering, together with development practitioners and other experts, to identify how economic, social, cultural and technical factors affect the sustainability and impact of community-managed water systems.
This project has been made possible by generous funding from the British Academy’s “Urban Infrastructures of Well-Being” programme. The £280,000 research grant funds work, focussing on the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat’s Water and Sanitation Extension Programme (WASEP) in Gilgit-Baltistan. The project is interdisciplinary and collaborative, bringing together researchers and development practitioners from the social sciences (economics and anthropology) and engineering sciences in the UK (AKU-ISMC) and Pakistan (Karakoram International University, AKAH, AKU-IED). We are delighted to be working in partnership with AKU entities (ISMC and IED) and AKDN entities (AKU and AKAH).
Governance for the Public Good in Muslim Contexts: This programme aims to critically assess current thinking on governance
in relation to Muslim contexts. It seeks to explore the deeply rooted
religious and cultural sensitivities prevalent in matters of governance.
By generating outputs accessible to wider audiences, the project is
committed to encouraging healthy and informed debate among scholars and
the public alike.
KITAB: The KITAB project is a pioneering digital initiative that is providing new cultural insights from over 6,000 Arabic texts from the pre-modern Islamic world, from 750AD to 1500AD). Led by AKU-ISMC’s Dr Sarah Bowen Savant, the project recently received substantial funding from the European Research Council.
The grant will support the hiring of a technical lead, who will develop data visualisations and analytics spanning the entire corpus of work under the project, as well as seven research staff who will expand on the existing team’s work to explore how Islamic heritage was shaped and filtered during the period.
Muslim Civilisations Abstracts:
This project aims to widen knowledge among scholars worldwide on
researches conducted on Muslim civilisations globally. The information
on these publications is provided in the form of short reviews