Addressing WaSH challenges in Pacific Island Countries: A participatory marketing systems mapping approach to empower informal settlement community action

Delivering water, sanitation and hygiene services in Pacific Island Countries (PICs) is complex and challenging, particularly in informal settlements characterized by lack of land tenure, water supply contamination, and extreme poverty. We used participatory action research systems mapping to show how water, sanitation and hygiene activities and actions interconnect and relate in an urban informal PIC settlement. Results were used by the community to inform their own planning and led to the formation of committees and forums to discuss and prioritize responses to issues highlighted by the systems map. Systems mapping assists communities to generate credible information, to inform and empower planning and action, and to communicate with outside stakeholders.

Addressing WaSH challenges in Pacific Island Countries: A participatory marketing systems mapping approach to empower informal settlement community action. Stephen G. Saunders, Dani J. Barrington, Srinivas Sridharan, Semisi Meo, Wade Hadwen, Katherine F. Shields, Regina Souter, and Jamie K. Bartram. 2016. Habitat International 55: 159-166. doi:10.1016/j.habitatint.2016.03.010.