Longitudinal panel study data on household welfare, water resource management and governance in Kenya 2013-2016

Hope, Rob and Koehler, Johanna and Katuva, Jacob and Thomson, Patrick and Goodall, Susie and Mike, Thomas and Tim, Foster (2022). Longitudinal panel study data on household welfare, water resource management and governance in Kenya 2013-2016. [Data Collection]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Service. 10.5255/UKDA-SN-853667

Improved understanding of groundwater risks and institutional responses against competing growth and development goals is central to accelerating and sustaining Africa's development. Africa's groundwater systems are a critical but poorly understood socio-ecological system. Explosive urban growth, irrigated agricultural expansion, industrial pollution, untapped mineral wealth, rural neglect and environmental risks often converge to increase the complexity and urgency of governance challenges across Africa's groundwater systems. These Africa-wide opportunities and trade-offs are reflected in Kenya where the government's unifying Vision 2030 aims to double the irrigated agricultural area whilst simultaneously promoting the growth of high-value mineral resources. Institutional capacity to govern interactions between economic activities, water resource demands and poverty outcomes are currently constrained by insufficient knowledge and lack of effective management tools. The overarching project aim is to design, test and transfer a novel, interdisciplinary and replicable Groundwater Risk Management tool to improve governance transformations to balance economic growth, groundwater sustainability and human development trade-offs. The project will make four major contributions to support interdisciplinary science and governance of managing groundwater risks for growth and development in Africa: a) An automated, daily monitoring network for shallow groundwater levels - the first system of its kind in the world and replicable at scale. b) A new Groundwater Risk Management Tool which is transferable and sustainable in Africa. c) New epidemiological insights into the health impacts of faulty or intermittent water supplies. d) Improved theory and evidence of groundwater governance and poverty pathways.

Data description (abstract)

This dataset comprises of a longitudinal panel study monitoring socio-economic status and management of household water resources in Kwale County Kenya from 2013 to 2016. A sample of 531 handpump locations was used as a sampling frame for three rounds of household surveys in 2013/14 (November-January), 2015 (March-May) and 2016 (September-November). GSM-enabled transmitters (Thomson et al. 2012) were installed on 300 operational handpumps to provide daily usage data. The survey generated a comprehensive dataset capturing information on a) demographic characteristics, b) socio-economic status of the household, c) household health status, d) main and secondary household water sources, e) waterpoint management, f) water payment, g) water resources management as well as h) governance and political engagement for each household.

Data creators:
Creator Name Affiliation ORCID (as URL)
Hope Rob University of Oxford https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9971-9397
Koehler Johanna University of Oxford https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9045-4844
Katuva Jacob University of Oxford https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4351-4637
Thomson Patrick University of Oxford https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0697-1866
Goodall Susie University of Loughborough https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4142-8383
Mike Thomas Rural Focus Ltd
Tim Foster University of Technology Sydney https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1738-3450
Sponsors: Economic and Social Research Council, Natural Environment Research Council, Department for International Development
Grant reference: NE/M008894/1; ES/JO18120/1; ES/K012150/1
Topic classification: Social welfare policy and systems
Trade, industry and markets
Keywords: socio-economic status, health, kenya, water supply, water resources
Project title: Groundwater Risk Management for Growth and Development Some of this work was also undertaken under the ESRC Grants: New Mobile Citizens and Waterpoint Sustainability in Rural Africa, Insuring against Rural Water Risk.
Grant holders: Robert Adrian Hope
Project dates:
1 February 201531 January 2020
Date published: 25 Mar 2019 13:00
Last modified: 05 Apr 2022 08:09

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