Status quo on Sanitation and master thesis outlook
With urbanization and the impact of past weather events, the accumulation of risks seems imminent among urban dwellers of Dar es Salaam. What we know is that only 10% of city’s sewage system is connected and leads to the ocean or to stabilization ponds. The large bulk of the population either uses septic tanks (20%), which are serviced by sewage trucks or relies on pit latrines (70%). With recurrent floods experienced in Dar es Salaam in the past 10 years, there are growing concerns for health hazards associated with contaminated water from overflown latrines in poor and compacted urban settlements.
As ACTUS initiated in January 2016 and started unfolding in full swing I joined rank with Dr. Nathalie Jean-Baptiste and her team at Ardhi University. I am interested in learning more about the efforts being made by the local government and NGOs to reduce risks and whether their interventions contribute to alleviate poverty among the most vulnerable. In the following weeks, I will explore the dynamics of sanitation through consultations/interviews with different stakeholders and experts to weigh in the options of a more participatory approach, an approach harnessing the inherent strengths of Ujamaa.
Post by Thomas Adam Meyer zu Schwabedissen