Drinking Water Quality Governance: A Comparative Case Study of Brazil, Ecuador, and Malawi

Strengthening drinking water quality governance could help increase access to safe water and improve human health. In Environmental Science and Policy, we identify similar water governance challenges in Brazil, Ecuador, and Malawi: inter-ministerial coordination and data sharing, monitoring and enforcement, and local capacity for water services management. A clustering model for case selection increases the generalizability of our results. Our conceptual framework can be used to map relationships between common challenges and identify policy levers to improve drinking water quality.

Kayser, Georgia L., Urooj Amjad, Fernanda Dalcanale, Jamie Bartram, and Margaret E. Bentley. 2015. “Drinking Water Quality Governance: A Comparative Case Study of Brazil, Ecuador, and Malawi.” Environmental Science & Policy 48: 186–95. doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2014.12.019.