COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION IN RURAL WATER SUPPLY: A CASE STUDY IN MY HOA – TRA VINH
Keywords:community participation, rural water supply, sustainability.
This study examines the level of community participation in rural water supply in Vietnam from two approaches: (1) the legal documents at the top level as well as implementing guidances and (2) the case study of community practice and awareness about their role in local water supply. Rural water supply policy and regulations are assessed to point out how they allow and support community participation. A survey conducted in My Hoa commune, Tra Vinh province, with the total of 152 households, reveals the levels and types of the community participation, from which some lessons learned can be drawn. The engagement of the community in monitoring and maintenance of the water supply infrastructure is seen as a key for the sustainability of the clean water supply service. Recommendations are given to improve community participation, and therefore to have better clean water supply service in rural areas.
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