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Design and Case Study Application of a Participatory Decision-making Support Tool for Appropriate Safe Water Systems Development in Marginalized Communities of the Global South

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dc.contributor.author Ali, Syed Imran
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-18T19:30:30Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-18T19:30:30Z
dc.date.issued 2012-06-18
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/3739
dc.description Degree: Doctor of Philosophy Department: School of Engineering Advisor: Hall, Kevin en_US
dc.description.abstract This dissertation presents the design and case study application of a participatory decision-making support tool for appropriate safe water systems development in marginalized low-income communities of the global South. The tool focuses on the resolution of two key design decisions: 1) selecting the appropriate level of application (i.e. household or community level) for a safe water system; and 2) selecting an appropriate water treatment technology (or technologies). The tool breaks the process down into four stages. First are pre-implementation steps which develop a contextualized, baseline understanding of the local community. Second is community-based field research, including focus groups and key informant/informal interviews, to investigate the two key design questions by exploring local preferences, capacities, and circumstances with community-members, government officers, NGO workers, and other stakeholders. Third are analytical steps to integrate information from baseline, informal, and primary research to generate recommendations on the two key design questions. This includes a comparative analysis of household and community level systems; a technology feasibility flowchart; performance assessments of technological alternatives with respect to appropriate technology criteria; and a multi-factor analysis to integrate information from the preceding analytical steps. Fourth are community forums in which further participatory action and research is planned on the basis of the recommendations emerging from the tool. Through these steps, the decision-making support tool guides implementing organizations through the stages of safe water systems design and planning in a manner that centres local people in the process. The tool weaves together several theoretical and methodological strands including humanitarian engineering, post-normal science, appropriate technology, participatory development, grounded theory, engineering decision-making, and water treatment engineering. The case study application of the decision-making support tool was conducted in a marginalized peri-urban community called Mylai Balaji Nagar in Chennai, India. This indicated that a household level approach is more appropriate for the case study community and that the TATA Swach filter, alum coagulation with chlorination, or boiling, in order of decreasing suitability, may be appropriate technologies for household application in the case study community. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship International Development Research Centre (IDRC) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject community level en_US
dc.subject point-of-use en_US
dc.subject HWTS en_US
dc.subject public health en_US
dc.subject slum rehabilitation en_US
dc.subject support tool en_US
dc.subject decision-making en_US
dc.subject humanitarian engineering en_US
dc.subject appropriate technology en_US
dc.subject safe water en_US
dc.title Design and Case Study Application of a Participatory Decision-making Support Tool for Appropriate Safe Water Systems Development in Marginalized Communities of the Global South en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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