Understanding the decision-making structures, roles and actions of village-level water committees in Fiji
International Journal of Water Resources Development
Taylor & Francis
School of Science
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia Bloomberg Philanthropies
As part of a community-based project on water-related disease in Fiji, we conducted a qualitative study to assess the decision-making structures, roles and actions of village-level water committees. Village water committees played a role in the management, operation and maintenance of water and sanitation infrastructure. Reactive and proactive management approaches were both present. The water committees had clear processes in place for decision-making and membership and were influenced by social and cultural norms. Men dominated water committee membership, roles and decision-making. Knowledge about governance structures and processes can be used to strengthen systems for water committees to effectively manage water access and security.