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Does it Pay to Invest in Potable Water in the Developing World? Relationships Between External Financing and Economic Development in Sustainable Community-Run Integrated Projects



This paper quantifies the impact of external aid channelled through a support agency that practises a participatory approach to development. Researchers compiled completed project data collected from the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Agua del Pueblo and discovered a positive relationship between external funding for water development projects and resulting economic development. This paper discusses the importance of water development as a channel for achieving overall economic development and the importance of the participatory approach for community development projects. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.