Routledge Handbook of Water and Development (Now Available!)

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Paresh, the Handbook may be freely accessible in the future. For now, you can purchase copies at a 20% discount using the code CDC23 on the Routledge website.
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Re: Routledge Handbook of Water and Development (Now Available!)

Thank you Nelson for announcing this publication. I am adding the book's description from the publisher's page  for easy reference (emphasis my own).

Water is essential for human life and at the centre of political, economic, and socio-cultural development. This Routledge Handbook of Water and Development offers a systematic, wide-ranging, and state-of-the-art guide to the diverse links between water and development across the globe. It is organized into four parts:

  • Part I explores the most significant theories and approaches to the relationship between water and development
  • Part II consists of carefully selected in-depth case studies, revealing how water utilization and management are deeply intertwined with historical development paths and economic and socio-cultural structures
  • Part III analyses the role of governance in the management of water and development
  • Part IV covers the most urgent themes and issues pertaining to water and development in the contemporary world, ranging from climate change and water stress to agriculture and migration
The 32 chapters by leading experts are meant to stimulate researchers and students in a wide range of disciplines in the social and natural sciences, including Geography, Environmental Studies, Development Studies, and Political Science. The Handbook will also be of great value to policymakers and practitioners. 

Also wanted to check if there is any chance of this publication becoming freely accessible in the future. 

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Routledge Handbook of Water and Development (Now Available!)

The Routledge Handbook of Water and Development was released yesterday. The Handbook is a comprehensive and well articulated compilation of 32 chapters by leading experts aimed at improving understanding of different facets of water and its essential function as a source of life and foundation of human and societal development. The introduction of the Handbook is attached to this post. A full copy is available for order here www.routledge.com/Routledge-Handbook-of-...p/book/9780367558765

Chapter 31 is on Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WaSH). Access to water, sanitation, and hygiene is intrinsically important and the benefits are mutually reinforcing. The chapter examines the impact of water, sanitation, and hygiene services (or the lack thereof) at the household and community levels and strategies and approaches for sustainably changing sanitation practices and hygiene behaviours.

Here is the abstract of chapter 31:
Eliminating open defecation, promoting proper and sustained use of toilet facilities, and instilling handwashing with soap at critical times are key for achieving SDG 6. Subsidy, technology, and supply-driven approaches have produced sub-optimal results in addressing these challenges. This is partly due to the fact that sanitation and the related health and hygiene behavioural aspects are largely influenced by context and culture which present multiple barriers to behaviour change. These barriers are related to cognition, attitudes and intentions to change. Drawing on applied behavioural sciences and policy implementation theories, this chapter examines what it takes to overcome such barriers. This is done through the lens of ‘carrots’, ‘sticks’, ‘sermons’, and ‘nudges’ which are instruments used to trigger and sustain behaviour change. The chapter emphasizes the need for practitioners and policy-makers in the WaSH sector to design and implement approaches that take into consideration the nature of what motivates people to act and the social, economic, and political pressures acting on them. Behaviour change for a wide variety of desired changes starts with diagnosing what actually encourages the behaviours and practices that are being discouraged, and what people are ready, willing, and able to do to change behaviours. Such insights are key for improving the implementation of approaches and hence sustainable behaviour change outcomes.

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Ekane, N.(2023). Water, sanitation, and hygiene. In Routledge Handbook of Water and Development, Hellberg, S., Söderbaum, F., Swain, A., & Öjendal, J. (Eds.). Routledge. doi.org/10.4324/9781003095545.
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