Thursday, December 20, 2018

Household experiences of water insecurity

Click through the below Story Map or go to this link to learn about household experiences of water insecurity in Kathmandu. Note: names were chosen in the research process and locations are not accurate for privacy.

Many thanks to all participants who made these story-maps possible, in addition to the work of Nita Pradhan, Anisha Shakya, and Raju Maharjan. Thank you all!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Water Policy publication

Please take a look at a new publication in the journal Water Policy with co-authors Anoj Khanal and Nita Pradhan.

Here is the abstract:
"This paper draws on participatory research with 47 household water managers over the dry, pre-monsoon, and monsoon season, alongside expert knowledge of water management in Nepal's Kathmandu Valley. Doing so, it presents the perspectives of water managers to highlight three dimensions of water security that existing approaches often overlook. First, experiences of water security vary greatly between households over the year, even within a relatively small geographic area. Second, social connections and landownership play an important role in mediating these experiences. Third, coping with poor water supply places a burden on certain household members. This paper argues that addressing water inequities and insecurities demands research, development and policy responses to look beyond the main pipe network and engage with the variety of ways in which households secure water."

I am so grateful for the help of so many people with this project, especially, Nita Pradhan, Anisha Shakya, Raju Maharjan, research participants, and the wonderful people who housed and fed me. 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Situating water security in Patan

For a summary of some of my research findings please scroll through this story-map:

Jun's Water World

You can also view this story map here:

Thank you, Nita Pradhan, for the translation and research assistance.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Samrat's Water World

You can also view this story-map here: 

Thank you, Nita Pradhan, for the translation and research assistance.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Lalitpur Stone Spout Database

Above is a map of the 2016 condition of stone spouts in Lalitpur from a Lalitpur Metropolitan City 2016 survey. For more information on Kathmandu's stone spouts please see this post and Story Map.

Download the compiled database on the stone spouts of Lalitpur. Data comes from ISET Nepal (2012), NGO FOrum(2009), and the Lalitpur Metropolitan City (2007 and 2016). Please note that some of the GPS locations will need to be verified in the field. More updated information on the status of stone spouts and ponds in the Valley is available at the Kathmandu Valley Water Supply Management Board. 

Please email me with any questions. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Kathmandu Valley's Ancient Water System

For easier viewing please see:

Here it is in Nepali (Thank you Anisha Shakya for your help with translation):

Piped Water in the Valley

Please see this Story Map about piped water issues in Kathmandu.