Understanding WASH through complex adaptive systems theory
Source Title36th WEDC International Conference, 2013
PublisherWater, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC)
University of Melbourne Author/sNeely, Catherine
AffiliationMelbourne School of Government �
Document TypeConference Paper
CitationsNeely, K. (2013). Understanding WASH through complex adaptive systems theory. 36th WEDC International Conference, 2013, Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC).
Access StatusOpen Access
The development community has looked to engineering, social action, planning and evaluation to understand the often inexplicable outcomes of water implementation projects. This paper gives an overview of research that uses Complex Adaptive Systems theory as a framework to investigate the unpredictability of outcomes for community water supply projects. Preliminary interviews and surveys in a remote village in East Timor are used to investigate the viability of social network analysis and system dynamics as tools to make sense of WASH program outcomes.
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