Unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene in Nigeria's public spaces

the political economy angle

Emmanuel M. Akpabio, Eti-ido S. Udofia

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) services in public spaces are examined from the political economy perspective in Nigeria. Through field observations and interviews, the study observed that WaSH practices at public spaces are less than optimal on account of poor or outright absence of necessary WaSH infrastructure and weak or non-existent regulation and enforcement of necessary standards, among other challenges. Socio-economic factors related to the category of users and the proprietary interests of specific spaces largely accounted for WaSH services inequality. It is argued that the failure of the state to guarantee functional WaSH infrastructure and enforce standard practices opens space for differentiated practices and standards consistent with specific interests.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-325
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Water Resources Development
Volume33
Issue number2
Early online date1 Jun 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Water
  • sanitation and hygiene
  • WaSH
  • colonialism and post-colonialism
  • service inequalities
  • Africa

Cite this

@article{eb7c70350f9e416aae7163d5e002fab5,
title = "Unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene in Nigeria's public spaces: the political economy angle",
abstract = "Water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) services in public spaces are examined from the political economy perspective in Nigeria. Through field observations and interviews, the study observed that WaSH practices at public spaces are less than optimal on account of poor or outright absence of necessary WaSH infrastructure and weak or non-existent regulation and enforcement of necessary standards, among other challenges. Socio-economic factors related to the category of users and the proprietary interests of specific spaces largely accounted for WaSH services inequality. It is argued that the failure of the state to guarantee functional WaSH infrastructure and enforce standard practices opens space for differentiated practices and standards consistent with specific interests.",
keywords = "Water, sanitation and hygiene, WaSH, colonialism and post-colonialism, service inequalities, Africa",
author = "Akpabio, {Emmanuel M.} and Udofia, {Eti-ido S.}",
year = "2017",
doi = "10.1080/07900627.2016.1189814",
language = "English",
volume = "33",
pages = "310--325",
journal = "International Journal of Water Resources Development",
issn = "0790-0627",
publisher = "Taylor & Francis",
number = "2",

}

Unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene in Nigeria's public spaces : the political economy angle. / Akpabio, Emmanuel M.; Udofia, Eti-ido S.

In: International Journal of Water Resources Development, Vol. 33, No. 2, 2017, p. 310-325.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene in Nigeria's public spaces

T2 - the political economy angle

AU - Akpabio, Emmanuel M.

AU - Udofia, Eti-ido S.

PY - 2017

Y1 - 2017

N2 - Water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) services in public spaces are examined from the political economy perspective in Nigeria. Through field observations and interviews, the study observed that WaSH practices at public spaces are less than optimal on account of poor or outright absence of necessary WaSH infrastructure and weak or non-existent regulation and enforcement of necessary standards, among other challenges. Socio-economic factors related to the category of users and the proprietary interests of specific spaces largely accounted for WaSH services inequality. It is argued that the failure of the state to guarantee functional WaSH infrastructure and enforce standard practices opens space for differentiated practices and standards consistent with specific interests.

AB - Water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) services in public spaces are examined from the political economy perspective in Nigeria. Through field observations and interviews, the study observed that WaSH practices at public spaces are less than optimal on account of poor or outright absence of necessary WaSH infrastructure and weak or non-existent regulation and enforcement of necessary standards, among other challenges. Socio-economic factors related to the category of users and the proprietary interests of specific spaces largely accounted for WaSH services inequality. It is argued that the failure of the state to guarantee functional WaSH infrastructure and enforce standard practices opens space for differentiated practices and standards consistent with specific interests.

KW - Water

KW - sanitation and hygiene

KW - WaSH

KW - colonialism and post-colonialism

KW - service inequalities

KW - Africa

U2 - 10.1080/07900627.2016.1189814

DO - 10.1080/07900627.2016.1189814

M3 - Article

VL - 33

SP - 310

EP - 325

JO - International Journal of Water Resources Development

JF - International Journal of Water Resources Development

SN - 0790-0627

IS - 2

ER -