UPGro Impact: Transition Management can build understanding, trust and joint actions between slum residents and authorities to improve access to safe water [D6]

Transition Management and Learning Alliances are proving to be valuable mechanisms for mobilising residents of slums areas, building trust between them and with authorities and NGOs.

Residents in the three slum areas investigated are heavily reliant on self-supply from shallow groundwater and UPGro has strengthened the evidence base around those risks, and identified both new contaminants and developed new methods for monitoring those risks.

The combination of these two has to been increase awareness of the health risks but for impact to be achieved there needs to be change in the way city authorities and residents can envision an improved scenario and manage the transition to that improvement.

Transition Management approach in Dodowa, Ghana is being adopted by an international NGO network, Slum Dwellers International, to support their work both in that area with strong interest to use elsewhere in the programmes.

The Dutch NGO, SNV has joined the Learning Alliance set up by UPGro in Arusha, Tanzania has a vehicle for stakeholder participation and planning of their DGIS-funded urban WASH programme.

Further information

  1. Nastar, M., et al (2018): The emancipatory promise of participatory water governance for the urban poor: Reflections on the transition management approach in the cities of Dodowa, Ghana and Arusha, Tanzania, African Studies
  2. Silvestri, G et al (2018). Transition Management for Improving the Sustainability of WASH Services in Informal Settlements in Sub-Saharan Africa—An Exploration, Sustainability
  3. Twinomucunguzi et al (2020) Reducing Groundwater Contamination from On-Site Sanitation in Peri-Urban Sub-Saharan Africa: Reviewing Transition Management Attributes towards Implementation of Water Safety Plans, Sustainability


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