Citizen engagement: Arena groups using Transition Management to increase safe use of urban shallow groundwater and to have a voice with authorities [C12]

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, Slum Dwellers International, to support their work both in that area with strong interest to use elsewhere in the programmes.

  1. Nastar et al  (2019): A case for urban liveability from below: exploring the politics of water and land access for greater liveability in Kampala, Uganda, Local Environment,
  2. Silvestri, et al (2018) Applying Transition Management for Improving Sustainability of WASH Services in Informal Settlements in Sub-Saharan Africa – An Exploration. Sustainability 
  3. Nastar, 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.
  4. 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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