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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2020

Importance of Internal Factors for Community-Managed Water and Wastewater Systems in Cochabamba, Bolivia

Helgegren, Ida; McConville, Jennifer; Landaeta, Graciela; Rauch, Sebastien


Community management is often seen as part of the solution to increase access to drinking water and wastewater management where municipal services are lacking. This article intends to increase the knowledge regarding self-organized communitymanaged water and wastewater systems in urban and peri-urban areas. A theory-building case-study approach, including three different neighbourhoods in Bolivia and their respective communitybased organizations, was selected. Four prerequisites – leadership, agreed vision, collective action and management – and associated enabling factors connected to three distinct planning and management phases were found to be of major importance for community-managed water and wastewater systems.


Community management; water; sanitation; community-based organization; participation; Bolivia

Published in

International Journal of Water Resources Development
2020, volume: 36, number: 6, pages: 1031-1053

Authors' information

Helgegren, Ida
Chalmers University of Technology
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Energy and Technology
Landaeta, Graciela
Fundación de Promoción para el Cambio Socio-Habitacional (PROCASHA)
Rauch, Sebastien
Chalmers University of Technology

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG6 Clean water
SDG11 Sustainable cities and communities

UKÄ Subject classification

Other Environmental Engineering
Water Engineering
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

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