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Urban households’ access to water for livelihoods enhancement in Accra, Ghana

By Ernest Mensah Abraham, Adrienne Martin, Olufunke Cofie and Liqa Raschid-Sally


This paper presents the results of research conducted in Accra, Ghana, aimed at understanding how access to water allows small-scale, water dependent livelihoods to contribute to the household income of urban and peri-urban communities. Ten communities were selected in Accra and its surrounding communities to reflect different levels of infrastructure provision and conditions of water supply. Focus group discussions were held in each community. Issues which emerged were investigated further in a structured household questionnaire survey involving 443 respondents. A wide range of small-scale water dependent occupations were observed. Among the households surveyed, 59.14% were engaged in a water dependent occupation which contributed over 80% of household income in some cases. Small-scale, water dependent occupations, thus, constitute an important source of income for urban and peri-urban households

Publisher: 'Practical Action Publishing'
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.3362/1756-3488.2015.014
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