Politiques publiques de l'eau et gouvernance urbaine. Acteurs et enjeux de l'accès à l'eau potable des populations à Douala (Cameroun).

Abstract : The thesis is a substantial contribution to the debate on composite systems for the provision of services in the global South, as well as on the informal sector, with the aim of moving beyond dual approaches to a more political approach by showing the overlap between the formal and the informal. In Douala city, rapid population growth and expansion of the city have led to an increase in the demand for water by the urban population. Paradoxically, since 1980s, the State has significantly cut down on construction and development in the city suburbs, most particularly with regard to investment in water and sanitation services. Therefore, a sizable proportion of urban dwellers live in unplanned areas and slums without either decent housing or access to safe drinking water and acceptable sanitation systems. My research highlights that the uneven access of population to public service led to the development of informal water provision. This study focuses on private water providers (small scale water providers, Big Men), largely informal, in a context of liberalization of urban water sector. The research is a renewed analysis of the problematic of urban service provision in the global South. It brings in new perspectives i.e. the technical systems and economic characteristics of the private offers; informal water provision and its link with the production of urban space; informal practices of urban elite and their links with State apparatus and politics in water sector.
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Virginie Laure Nantchop Tenkap. Politiques publiques de l'eau et gouvernance urbaine. Acteurs et enjeux de l'accès à l'eau potable des populations à Douala (Cameroun).. Géographie. Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2017. Français. ⟨tel-01716136⟩

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