Water Supply or 'Beautiful Latrines'? Microcredit for Rural Water Supply and Sanitation in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

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Resource Type
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Creator
  • Reis, Nadine (Institute for Social and Development Studies, Munich School of Philosophy, Germany)
  • Mollinga, Peter P. (Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK)
Collective Title
  • ASEAS – Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies
    5(1)
Publication Date
2012
Publication Place
Vienna
Contributor
  • SEAS – Gesellschaft für Südostasienwissenschaften / Society for South-East Asian Studies (Editor)
Language
English
Free Keywords
Water; Sanitation; Microcredit; Mekong Delta; Vietnam
Description
  • Abstract

    Around half of the Mekong Delta’s rural population lacks year-round access to clean water. In combination with inadequate hygiene and poor sanitation this creates a high risk of diseases. Microcredit schemes are a popular element in addressing such problems on the global policy level. The present paper analyses the contradictory results of such a microcredit programme for rural water supply and sanitation in the context of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam, through a qualitative study primarily based on semi-structured interviews in rural communes of Can Tho City. We come to the conclusion that the programme has a positive effect regarding the safer disposal of human excreta as well as surface water quality, but a marginal impact on poverty reduction as it only reaches better-off households already having access to clean water. The paper shows how the outcome of rural water supply and sanitation policies are strongly influenced by the local ecological, technological, and social settings, in particular by stakeholders’ interests. The authors challenge the assumption that water supply and sanitation should be integrated into the same policy in all circumstances.
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Creative Commons License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported
Alternative Identifiers
  • nbn:de:0168-ssoar-312448 (Type: URN)
Relations
  • Is part of
    ISSN: 1999-253X (Online) (Text)
  • Is part of
    ISSN: 1999-2521 (Print) (Text)
  • Is identical to
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.14764/10.ASEAS-5.1-2 (Text)

Update Metadata: 2020-02-10 | Issue Number: 8 | Registration Date: 2012-07-26