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Access heterogeneities and collection time inequalities of drinking water sources in Ghana: implications for water and development policy

Amankwaa, Godfred ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0334-5867; Abrefa Busia, Kwaku; Agbadi, Pascal; Duah, Henry O.; Arthur-Holmes, Francis. 2024 Access heterogeneities and collection time inequalities of drinking water sources in Ghana: implications for water and development policy. Local Environment. 16, pp. https://doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2024.2306596

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Abstract/Summary

Time poverty remains a critical issue for water access across the globe. However, research on the time spent for water collection and the factors associated with collection time inequalities and access heterogeneities is limited, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Drawing on the 2014 Ghana’s Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) data, and statistical and spatial analysis, we apply the concept of “everydayness” of water collection time poverty to examine the factors associated with water collection time inequalities and access heterogeneities of drinking water sources in Ghana. Our analysis shows that 8.6% of households face drinking water collection time poverty and this is prevalent and significant across different socio-economic groups and geographies. The observed geographical heterogeneity and collection time inequality in drinking water sources in this paper adds to the literature in terms of variation in household water insecurity across time and space. The water policy implications of these findings are discussed, and we highlight strategies to rethink drinking water security in the Global South.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2024.2306596
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Biodiversity (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 1354-9839
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Open Access paper - full text available via Official URL link.
Additional Keywords: drinking water source, collection time poverty, Ghana, inequalities, water access
NORA Subject Terms: Health
Hydrology
Data and Information
Date made live: 12 Feb 2024 11:25 +0 (UTC)
URI: https://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/536882

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