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Free Basic Water: the complexity of putting the concept of sustainability into practice, The case of Johannesburg

Hjortenholt, Susanna LU (2013) UTVK03 20131
Sociology
Abstract (Swedish)
The aim of this study is to examine the complexities one might face as try you implement water policy balancing all the objectives sustainability, by using the example of the free basic water policy in Johannesburg. The main theories applied are connected to water governance, the concept of sustainability and social provision strategies in the form of targeting and universalism. The study was carried out with a qualitative approach using semi-structured interviews and is based on the knowledge of four individuals with experience of working for the City of Johannesburg and the free basic water policy. The results of the study show that even though the policy aimed to address the current inequalities in water provision by implementing an... (More)
The aim of this study is to examine the complexities one might face as try you implement water policy balancing all the objectives sustainability, by using the example of the free basic water policy in Johannesburg. The main theories applied are connected to water governance, the concept of sustainability and social provision strategies in the form of targeting and universalism. The study was carried out with a qualitative approach using semi-structured interviews and is based on the knowledge of four individuals with experience of working for the City of Johannesburg and the free basic water policy. The results of the study show that even though the policy aimed to address the current inequalities in water provision by implementing an approach in line with the sustainability concept a great amount of the city’s poor are not receiving any real benefits which has generated questions if the free basic water policy actually been successful in adhering to all dimensions of sustainability in practice. Thus the conclusion of this research emphasizes the difficulties that come with implementing policies in line with the broad and sometimes contradicting goals of sustainability within water governance. (Less)
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author
Hjortenholt, Susanna LU
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organization
course
UTVK03 20131
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
South Africa, Johannesburg, water governance, sustainability, universalism and targeting
language
English
id
4175238
date added to LUP
2013-11-29 12:55:32
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2013-11-29 12:55:32
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  abstract     = {The aim of this study is to examine the complexities one might face as try you implement water policy balancing all the objectives sustainability, by using the example of the free basic water policy in Johannesburg. The main theories applied are connected to water governance, the concept of sustainability and social provision strategies in the form of targeting and universalism. The study was carried out with a qualitative approach using semi-structured interviews and is based on the knowledge of four individuals with experience of working for the City of Johannesburg and the free basic water policy. The results of the study show that even though the policy aimed to address the current inequalities in water provision by implementing an approach in line with the sustainability concept a great amount of the city’s poor are not receiving any real benefits which has generated questions if the free basic water policy actually been successful in adhering to all dimensions of sustainability in practice. Thus the conclusion of this research emphasizes the difficulties that come with implementing policies in line with the broad and sometimes contradicting goals of sustainability within water governance.},
  author       = {Hjortenholt, Susanna},
  keyword      = {South Africa,Johannesburg,water governance,sustainability,universalism and targeting},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Free Basic Water: the complexity of putting the concept of sustainability into practice, The case of Johannesburg},
  year         = {2013},
}