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Economic assessments of small-scale drinking-water interventions in pursuit of MDG target 7C

Cameron, J, Jagals, P, Hunter, PR, Pedley, S and Pond, K (2011) Economic assessments of small-scale drinking-water interventions in pursuit of MDG target 7C Sci Total Environ, 410 (411). pp. 8-15.

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Abstract

This paper uses an applied rural case study of a safer water intervention in South Africa to illustrate how three levels of economic assessment can be used to understand the impact of the intervention on people's well-being. It is set in the context of Millennium Development Goal 7 which sets a target (7C) for safe drinking-water provision and the challenges of reaching people in remote rural areas with relatively small-scale schemes. The assessment moves from cost efficiency to cost effectiveness to a full social cost-benefit analysis (SCBA) with an associated sensitivity test. In addition to demonstrating techniques of analysis, the paper brings out many of the challenges in understanding how safer drinking-water impacts on people's livelihoods. The SCBA shows the case study intervention is justified economically, though the sensitivity test suggests 'downside' vulnerability.

Item Type: Article
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Cameron, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Jagals, PUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hunter, PRUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Pedley, Ss.pedley@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Pond, Kk.pond@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 December 2011
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2011.09.054
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 12:14
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 15:02
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/834599

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