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High and DryMeeting the Challenges of the World's Growing Dependence on Groundwater$
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William M Alley and Rosemarie Alley

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300220384

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300220384.001.0001

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The World’s Poorest People

The World’s Poorest People

(p.52) 4 The World’s Poorest People
High and Dry

William M. Alley

Rosemarie Alley

Yale University Press

By almost any measure sub-Saharan Africa lacks even the most basic infrastructure to meet the needs of the almost one billion people living here. This chapter examines the links among water scarcity, poverty, and disease—and the potential of groundwater for mitigating these problems. The solution involves much more than the all too common approach of drilling a village well, installing a pump, and returning home. The chapter presents instructive stories of individuals who are doing it right, including capacity building.

Keywords:   capacity building, drilling, poverty, sub-Saharan Africa, water scarcity

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