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DEMOCRATISATION OF WATER AND SANITATION GOVERNANCE BY MEANS OF SOCIO-TECHNICAL INNOVATION

Objective

DESAFIO means “challenge” in both Portuguese and Spanish. The guiding concept of our proposal is to make a contribution towards tackling what is arguably one of the major challenges facing Brazil and Latin American countries in the 21st century: eradicating structural social inequality in the access to essential water and sanitation services. The overarching objective of our proposal is assessing existing experiences and developing new strategies that bring about sustainable, appropriate, and innovative socio-technical solutions to foster economic and social development through social transformation in vulnerable communities, particularly with reference to access to safe water supply and sanitation in urban, peri-urban, and rural areas of South America, with a particular emphasis on Brazil. These strategies will be developed through research and networking that actively engages beneficiary communities, practitioners, local authorities, and other relevant actors in their planning, design, assessment, implementation, monitoring, validation, and diffusion. Our transdisciplinary approach is predicated on a close interaction with non-academic actors in the production and validation of knowledge, among other things to underpin policy and behavioural transformations. We have selected a number of case studies that will cover a range of situations and characteristics, from informal settlements in the urban periphery of world megacities (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and in peri-urban areas of provincial capitals (Cali, Colombia), favelas located in the heart of booming mid-range urban centres (Recife, Brazil), to small rural villages (Mondomo, Colombia) and communities in semi-arid areas (Ceará and Minas Gerais, Brazil and Santa Fe, Argentina). We will endeavour to draw lessons and develop recommendations that are applicable to other socio-cultural and economic contexts across the developing world.

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2012-2
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
Address
Kings Gate
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 296 847,23
Administrative Contact
Deborah Grieves (Mrs.)

Participants (7)

UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE MINAS GERAIS
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 150 788,84
Address
Av Antonio Carlos 6627 Pampulha
31270 901 Belo Horizonte Minas Gerais
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Leo Heller (Prof.)
UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE PERNAMBUCO
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 101 071,75
Address
Avenida Professor Moraes Rego - Cidade Universitaria 1235
50670 901 Recife
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Suzana Queiroz De Melo Monteiro (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DO RIO DE JANEIRO
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 106 464,43
Address
Av Brigadeiro Trompowski Sn 2
21941 590 Rio De Janeiro
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ana Lucia Britto (Dr.)
COMPANHIA DE AGUA E ESGOTO DE CEARA SEM CAGECE
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 76 599,93
Address
Av Dr Lauro Vieira Chaves 1030
60422 901 Fortaleza
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
André Facó (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE ROSARIO - UNR
Argentina
EU contribution
€ 97 711,45
Address
Cordoba Street 1814
2000 Rosario
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Carolina Moreno (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD DEL VALLE
Colombia
EU contribution
€ 94 881,40
Address
Calle 13 100-00, 3Er Piso, Oficina 3027, Ciudad Universitaria Melendez, Edificio De La Administracion Central
760032 Cali
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Edwin Leonardo Mayorga Espinosa (Mr.)
IMAR - INSTITUTO DO MAR
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 75 607,77
Address
Rua Prof Dr Frederico Machado 4 Departamento De Oceanografia E Pescas Univ Dos Acores
9901-862 Horta
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
João Marques (Prof.)