Addressing Water Shortages Using a Community-Led Approach

Publication | March 2024
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A community-led approach engages the urban poor and other stakeholders in identifying, implementing, and sustaining a project.

Extended droughts due to climate change have severely affected the village of San Julian (locally called barangay, the smallest administrative unit) in the Philippines, where 43% of the population is considered poor. Exacerbated by increasing demand due to urbanization and an inadequate water system, dry spells have led to severe water shortages for about half of the year. To address this problem, the community of San Julian with funding from the Asian Development Bank decided to build a small-scale water system following a community-led approach. The project faced several challenges, including opposition to the project, delays due to COVID-19, waning support and cooperation from the village council and community members, poor water quality and contamination of the water source, and the withdrawal of target beneficiaries from the project. Nevertheless, the small-scale water system was completed and has solved  the problem of water shortage for poor households in San Julian.  However, sustaining the operation of the water system is a challenge for the community. 

DEVELOPMENT CASE STUDY NO: 2024-3

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Subjects
  • Agriculture and natural resources
  • Climate change
  • Environment
  • Water
Countries
  • Philippines