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Reducing these costs is a major global challenge for us all in the 21st century. Join us to explore the challenging and complex political, economic, social, and technical dimensions of the policy interventions that donors, national governments and water utilities use to address this challenge.
Your instructors for this course have worked in and studied this sector for many years. Professor Dale Whittington has worked on water and sanitation policy and planning issues for over 40 years in more than two dozen low and middle-income countries. Dr Duncan Thomas has worked in the UK and European water sectors for 15 years, focusing on overcoming barriers to technological, organizational, regulatory and policy innovations.
WEEK 1: Introduction and how our ‘ancient instincts’ affect water policy intervention
WEEK 2: Planning better policy interventions: Roles, features and examples of planning protocols
WEEK 3: Roles, features and problems of water pricing, tariff design and subsidies
WEEK 4: Providing information to households and communities to improve water and sanitation conditions
WEEK 5: Changing the institutions that deliver water and sanitation services: Privatization in lesser developing countries
WEEK 6: Changing institutions: Lessons from the UK water privatization story
WEEK 7: Changing institutions: Improving regulation of the water and sanitation sector