The role of multi-stakeholder partnerships in the delivery of peri-urban water infrastructure and services: The case of the Chibolya Community water scheme in Lusaka

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Mfune, Orleans
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It is estimated that forty to eighfypercent of the population living in peri - urban areas lack clean and safe drinking water. The government on its own has failed to provide adequate water services to these people due to financial constraints and the fact that some of these peri - urban areas had an illegal status. To solve the problem, partnerships involving many stakeholders have emerged as a way of providing water services to the areas. One such partnership is the Chibolya Community Water Supply Scheme. Therefore, this study was aimed at examining the role of multi - stakeholder partnerships for delivery of peri -urban water services: the case of the Chibolya water scheme. The objectives were: to identify the major stakeholders involved in the scheme; find out their roles in the scheme; establish the benefits of the scheme to the community and lastly, to find out whether public limitations were overcome by the scheme. To achieve the set objectives Interviews were conducted with the community and the other stakeholders involved in the scheme. The findings of the study reveal that there are six major stakeholders involved in the water scheme and each has a distinct role to play in the water scheme. The benefits of the scheme to the community include increased access to water, reduction in walking distances to water points and provision of regular and adequate water to the community. The scheme has also played an important role in addressing public sectiDJT limitations in providing water services. These benefits have been adequately discussed in the study. It has been concluded that to some extent the Chibolya water scheme has benefited the community.
Urban water infrastructure-Zambia , Community water scheme-Zambia