Typologies of Institutionalised Co-production of Water and Sanitation Services in the Urban South (TYCO-WSS)
19, place Flagey
TYCO-WSS (Typologies of Institutionalised Co-production of Water and Sanitation Services in the Urban South - 2016-2020) is a research project funded by the French-speaking Belgian Research Agency and promoted by the Université libre de Bruxelles and the Université de Liège. It aims at making a substantial contribution on the debate on sustainable urban service provision in the Global South by questioning the impact of water supply and sanitation (WSS) co-production on city’s production mechanisms, both in terms of governance and long-term sustainability.
Developing strategies to increase people’ access to WSS in the cities of the Global South is crucial for sustainability objectives. Accordingly, interest in service co-production is growing at the levels of both scientific research and development cooperation (e.g., the United Nations Policy Papers on Urban Services and Technology). Co-production is intended as the regular long-term collaboration between state actors and communities during some or all the phases of the service delivery cycle (planning, design, delivery and assessment). It can be considered as a complex practice made up of interactions between a managerial dimension (relationships between users, intermediaries and providers), a techno-environmental dimension (technical infrastructure and natural resource), and a spatial dimension (socio-spatial configuration of accessibility to the service).
Service co-production is increasingly appearing to be a valuable alternative for delivering WSS services to the urban poor, especially because it may improve equity and efficiency of provision, while also contributing to citizens’ empowerment and local governments’ effectiveness. However, it may also be subject to resource capture by elites and to management conflicts among groups, and lead to environmental decay, overexploitation of natural resources and urban fragmentation. It should therefore be acknowledged that co-production may raise social, environmental and economic issues, which have to be evaluated against sustainable urban service provision criteria.
By moving from this background, main questions that will be addressed during the seminar are the following:
- What are the relations between recurrent trajectories of WSS co-production and specific characters of urban and infrastructure development in the Global South?
- Under which circumstances coproduced socio-technological arrangements foster fair and affordable access to service and contribute to build different relations between urbanisation and the environment?
- Which are the factors that enhance the sustainability of co-produced services, in respect to economic viability, socio-spatial equity and environmental sustainability?
- Under which conditions the evolution of alternative co-produced services (made up of complementary technological configurations, unconventional practices and forms of service providers/users) co-evolve with more conventional infrastructure and management practices (e.g. WSS centralized network) toward more sustainable configurations?
- Which is the applicability and the relevance of the WSS co-production for sustainable urban agendas and international cooperation actions on WSS?
The seminar will be organized through a series of presentation sessions and a final roundtable. The very preliminary program is:
Janary 28, 2021 – Thursday
AM: project results presentation by the project team + local partners
PM: perspectives on WSS co-production (Presentation session with 4-5 international experts)
January 29, 2021 – Friday
AM: perspectives on WSS co-production (Presentation session with 4-5 international experts)
PM: Roundtable about policy implications with development aid officers
January 30, 2021 – Saturday (Optional)
AM: field visit to urban agriculture projects in Brussels with Brussels Environment
TYCO-WSS project members and seminar organizers:
- Luisa Moretto, ULB - Universitè libre de Bruxelles
- Jacques Teller, University of Liege
- Giuseppe Faldi, ULB - Universitè libre de Bruxelles
- Federica Natalia Rosati, University of Liege / ULB - Universitè libre de Bruxelles
TYCO-WSS project partners:
- Tu Tong, NUCE - National University of Civil Engineering, Hanoi, Vietnam
- Thu Hương Thi Hoang, VNU University of Science, Hanoi, Vietnam
- Tesfaye Hailu, EiABC – Ethiopian Institute of Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- Israel Tesfu, EiABC – Ethiopian Institute of Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- Gabriel Kassenga, Ardhi University, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
- Anesi Mahenge, Ardhi University, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
- Juan Cabrera, Universidad Privada Boliviana, Cochabamba, Bolivia
- Marco Ranzato, LATITUDE Platform for Urban Research and Design, Brussels, Belgium
- Andrea Aragone, LATITUDE Platform for Urban Research and Design, Brussels, Belgium
- Rhodante Ahlers, SOMO NGO, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Pascale Hofmann, University College London, UK
- Sylvy Jaglin, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, France
- Trui Steen, KU Leuven, Belgium
- Bram Verschuere, Ghent University, Belgium
- Jochen Monstadt, Utrecht University, Netherlands
- Klaas Schwartz, UNESCO-IHE, Delft, Netherlands
- Maria Rusca, Uppsala University, Sweden
- Geoff Goodwin, University of Oxford, UK