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As cites in the global south face increasing demand for water services due to population growth, rapid urbanisation, the effects of climate change and changing consumption patterns, there is a need for understanding how to sustainably manage demand. Many urban governments are interested in ways to improve access to services in the future, identify good practices and areas for improvement as well as engage in dialogue with other cities facing similar challenges. 


This research investigates a problem faced by cities around the globe: getting a water governance model that optimises expanding access to safe, quality drinking water.  The capacity to integrate the different perspectives of multiple stakeholders is a common challenge faced yet is an opportunity to explore different models. Methods in this research include review of the literature, model testing and dialogue with stakeholders from the public and private sectors. 


Case studies such as the one currently underway in Medellin, Colombia,  suggest that sustainably managing demand of water in this city may be associated with the relationship between the city, provider and communities. The model in practice in Medellin challenges conventional modes for water service delivery in the global south. A model of water governance that achieves this suggests a best practice for expanding access to services.  Through this investigation, we will assess the transferability of such a model in different contexts with the aim of informing governance strategy in this sector and beyond. 

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