Monitoring socio-climatic interactions to prioritise drinking water interventions in rural Africa

Authors: Andrew Armstrong, Robert Hope and Callum Munday

Rainfall variability and socioeconomic shocks pose a revenue risk for drinking water services in rural Africa. We examine the year-onyear and seasonal relationship between rainfall and remotely monitored water usage from rural piped schemes in four sub-Saharan countries to identify patterns that warn of a threat to operational sustainability. Continuous monitoring of socio-climatic interactions can reveal distributions and magnitudes of risk and guide policy action to safeguard rural water services.



Kelly Ann Naylor, Associate Director, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Section, Programme Division, UNICEF

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