Water Supply and Sanitation Policy in Developing Countries Part 1: Understanding Complex Problems

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About this course: Our course explores what can be done to solve the complex problem that half a billion people worldwide do not have improved water supplies and two billion do not have improved sanitation. We look forward to you joining us. We want to help you develop the skills you need to address this major global challenge of the 21st century. Our course has informative video lectures and guest interviews with leading water policy scholars and practitioners. We will provide you with discussion forum topic prompts, which will invite you to engage with other learners from around the globe. Our MOOC will also ask you to attempt weekly quizzes and a challenging assignment that tackles a…

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About this course: Our course explores what can be done to solve the complex problem that half a billion people worldwide do not have improved water supplies and two billion do not have improved sanitation. We look forward to you joining us. We want to help you develop the skills you need to address this major global challenge of the 21st century. Our course has informative video lectures and guest interviews with leading water policy scholars and practitioners. We will provide you with discussion forum topic prompts, which will invite you to engage with other learners from around the globe. Our MOOC will also ask you to attempt weekly quizzes and a challenging assignment that tackles a real water and sanitation problem in a difficult setting. Please watch this trailer: https://youtu.be/Q-HmaCZNd0k

Who is this class for: This course is aimed at Under Graduate and Post Graduate students with an interest in this topic area.

Created by:  University of Manchester
  • Taught by:  Prof Dale Whittington, Professor

    Manchester Business School
  • Taught by:  Dr Duncan Thomas, Lecturer

    Alliance Manchester Business School
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WEEK 1


Introducing Key Facts about Water and Sanitation Services



7 videos, 3 readings expand


  1. Video: Welcome to the course - Introduction
  2. Video: Video 0.1: Welcome to AMBS - Fiona Devine
  3. Video: Video 1.0: Facts About Water
  4. Reading: Detail
  5. Video: Video 1.1: Global Water and Sanitation Coverage
  6. Video: Video 1.2: Infrastructure Coverage (Electricity, Sewerage, Water, Telephone)
  7. Video: Video 1.3: Forecasts of Coverage
  8. Reading: 'Conversation' of the week
  9. Video: Video 1.4: Conversation with Clarissa Brocklehurst
  10. Discussion Prompt: This Week
  11. Reading: Readings List and Wrap-up

Graded: Module 1

WEEK 2


Understanding the Political Economy of Water



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  1. Reading: Introduction
  2. Video: Video 2.1: Outrage Versus Strategy?
  3. Reading: Moving on...
  4. Video: Video 2.2: Types of Vendors, Vendor Prices
  5. Video: Video 2.3: Money and Water Flows, Onitsha, Nigeria
  6. Video: Video 2.4: An Introduction to Corruption
  7. Video: Video 2.5: Corruption in South Asia
  8. Discussion Prompt: This Week
  9. Reading: Readings List and Wrap-up

Graded: Module 2

WEEK 3


Supply-Side Costs of Water and Sanitation Services



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  1. Reading: Introduction
  2. Video: Video 3.0: The Cost of Serving Households With Piped Networks
  3. Video: Video 3.1: Solution to Cost Calculation
  4. Reading: on costs
  5. Video: Video 3.2: Cost Components and on Costs
  6. Video: Video 3.3: Costs of Non-Piped Technologies
  7. Video: Video 3.4: Condominial sewers, desalination
  8. Reading: Interview with Donald T. Lauria
  9. Video: Video 3.5: Conversation with Don Lauria - Part One
  10. Video: Video 3.6: Conversation with Don Lauria - Part Two
  11. Discussion Prompt: This Week
  12. Reading: Readings List and Wrap-up

Graded: Week 3: Quiz

WEEK 4


Understanding Demand-Side Issues of Water Supply



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  1. Reading: Introduction
  2. Video: Video 4.1: Introduction to Modeling Household Water Demand
  3. Video: Video 4.2: Households With Piped Connections, Price and Income Elasticities
  4. Video: Video 4.3: Households With Water Sources Outside the Home
  5. Video: Video 4.4: Household Demand for Drinking Water Quality Improvements
  6. Video: Video 4.5: Effect of Social Norms on Household Water Use
  7. Reading: Marc Jeuland Interview
  8. Video: Video 4.6: Conversation with Marc Jeuland
  9. Discussion Prompt: This Week
  10. Reading: Readings List and Wrap-up

Graded: Module 4

WEEK 5


Exploring Health Benefits and Climate Change Issues



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  1. Reading: Introduction
  2. Video: Video 5.1: Facts About Water and Health
  3. Video: Video 5.2: Estimating the Economic Value of Health Benefits
  4. Reading: Detail
  5. Video: Video 5.3: Exercise on Health vs. Non-Health Benefits for Households With Water Sources Outside the Home
  6. Video: Video 5.4: Climate Change, Water and Health
  7. Video: Video 5.5: Effects of Climate Change on Water Utilities
  8. Reading: Detail
  9. Video: Video 5.6: Conversation with Clive Agnew
  10. Discussion Prompt: This Week
  11. Reading: Readings List and Wrap-up

Graded: Module 5

WEEK 6


Development Paths for Water and Sanitation Services



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  1. Reading: Water Development Path (I)
  2. Video: Video 6.0: Possible Solutions to the Water Development Paths Exercise
  3. Reading: Water Development Path (II)
  4. Video: Video 6.1: A Historical Development Path – UK, London and Manchester
  5. Video: Video 6.2: Changing Knowledge, Practices and Perceptions
  6. Video: Video 6.3: Path Dependency
  7. Video: Video 6.4: Changing Course
  8. Video: Video 6.5: Capital intensity (England and Wales)
  9. Reading: Detail
  10. Video: Video 6.6: Conversation with Marie Hart
  11. Discussion Prompt: This Week
  12. Video: Video 6.7: Wrap-up and Reflections
  13. Reading: Readings List

Graded: A policy memo to propose four performance indicators to evaluate UNICEF water supply and sanitation programmes in Africa
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