Strengthening interlinked marketing exchange systems to improve water and sanitation in informal settlements of Kigali, Rwanda

Aime Tsinda* (Corresponding Author), Jonathan Chenowath, Pamela Abbott

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Abstract

Inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is a significant health burden in Rwanda. Although current approaches for improving water and sanitation provision to enhance health outcomes are often narrowly associated with monetary exchange, analysis of two informal settlements in Kigali (Gitega and Kimisagara) shows that households attempt to meet their water and sanitation needs through four interlinked exchange systems (market-based, command-based, culturally determined and non-market-based exchange systems). By focusing on existing social relations and exchange systems, sanitation practitioners may be able to foster and strengthen these interlinked water and sanitation marketing exchange systems embedding in the local context and local capabilities, and as a consequence improve the lives of the low-income communities of informal settlements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Urban Sustainable Development
Early online date13 Feb 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Feb 2020

Keywords

  • marketing exchanges
  • water
  • sanitation
  • health
  • Rwanda

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