Our methodology for impact study

First thing to think is: which impacts could possibly have an access to water?

  • Health: consumme clean water make you healthier, reducing hydric diseases appearance.
  • Hygiene: Once you have an easier access to water, you can give a more important volume for hygiene.
  • Schooling/work: if your are less sick and not occupy with fetching water, you have more time to go at school or to work.
  • Social integration: if your are less sick and not occupy with fetching water, you have more time to give to the society, to take a part and responsabilities in the community life.
  • Organization of your time: Sometimes, to get water, you need to get up very early to wait your turn at the illegal hand pump. If you have water at home or at a community water point, you can organise your day another way and take advantage of this time to rest or for other occupation.
  • Organization of your space: in case of individual water connections, the household interior design can change to arrange a space for bathing around the water supply.
  • Tension: water can be source of conflicts and violence in the neighboorhood when there is scarcity. Moreover, just to know that you will have for sure water every day, and that there is no more uncertainty about the fact that you will be able to make your familly drink, to cook, to wash youself, your familly and your household, change all and offer you more peace of mind.
  • Well being: to have a legal access to water can impact your dignity,, intimity and peace of mind.

We can observe that some of these assumed impacts are more difficult to quantify than the other. We then chose to split our methodology in two part:

A survey at household scale to collect quantitative data about health, scolarisation, incomes…etc

Focus Group discussions with women of the community  to collect qualitative data about tensions, stress, well being..etc and complete impacts list.