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Public Goods And The Management Of Collective Infrastructure: The Case Of The Drinking-Water Supply Systems In The Maradi Region Of Niger

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This chapter is based on data collected in the course of a joint study on the management of ?mini-AEPs? (i.e. mini adduction d?eau potable or borehole systems that feed standpipes serving populations of under 2000) conducted in the Maradi Region of Niger in October 2001. As demonstrated by the sheer volume of publications dedicated to the topic, water is a subject that generates copious debate. The chapter aims to reach an understanding of the concept of a ?public good? through the study of the issues surrounding water management in Niger. It shows that the management of collective hydraulic infrastructure also promotes new rules aimed at the production of public goods in villages where research has demonstrated the difficulties in identifying and delineating a local public space. Finally, the chapter highlights the social processes generated in the villages as a result of new social practices associated with such infrastructure management.

Keywords: collective hydraulic infrastructure; infrastructure management; local public space; Maradi region; mini-AEPs; Niger; public good; villages; water management



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