Access to Water in Urban Poor Settlements: Addressing Crisis Through Good Governance

This paper aims to identify the various types of informal water governance arrangements existing in urban slum and squatter areas of Dhaka city. It tries to look into the evolvement and constant (re-) negotiation processes that take place in the water sector with its distinct stakeholders. Accordingly, this paper is divided into three sub-sections. In the first section, a conceptual framework has been developed. Then Korail slum has taken as a case study to understand the present informal governance practices in the poorer settlements. Finally, the paper concludes with possible practical actions for improving water governance in Dhaka. Both primary and secondary data have been used for analyzing water governance. Sources of secondary data include books, journal articles, and online portals. As primary data, the survey of the Institute of Governance Studies (IGS) conducted in 2011 has been used. In addition, six Focused Group Discussions (FGDs) and in-depth qualitative interviews were conducted with a range of stakeholders from the slums of Dhaka which were actually done as part of producing a report on urban governance entitled “State of Cities: Urban Governance in Dhaka City”.

Author: Fardosh, Jannatul
Type: Working Paper
Year: 2013