Water for Life and Dignity
In this research project Water for Life and Dignity, we use social science research methods to uncover the challenges and opportunities of implementing community based water and sanitation systems in rural Tanzania.
A tangible outcome of this research project is the establishment of a partnership between LUCSUS and the Department of Water Resources Engineering at University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM). An affiliation that has now deepened further and resulted in the implementation of a SIDA funded inter-disciplinary capacity building program aimed at strengthening postgraduate training in integrated sanitation management. The program entitled SUSTAIN – Sustainable Sanitation in Theory and Action runs between 2015-2020 and includes training of 4 PhD candidates and a minimum of 12 master students in integrated sanitation management at UDSM. It is the first PhD program focused on sanitation in Tanzania. SUSTAIN departs from a sustainability science approach, which utilizes both critical and problem solving research frameworks in an attempt to generate actionable knowledge, taking into account both the environmental aspects inherent in the water and waste cycle and the differing societal values and political interests of service and resource users.