Typologies of Institutionalised Co-production of Water and Sanitation Services in the Urban South (TYCO-WSS)

This project aims at making a substantial contribution to the debate on sustainable urban service provision in the global South. This project is run in collaboration between the ULB - Faculty of Architecture and ULg - LEMA. It is funded by the FNRS.

TYCO-WSS proposes an original approach to service provision that, first, focuses on alternative organisational arrangements to produce urban services, based on informal state-community coproduction practices and collaborations. Second, it intends to systematically explores organisational and technical aspects, institutional and political systems, as well as socio-spatial dynamics of the diversified typologies of institutionalised service coproduction, and the implications they generate.

The general aim of this project is to understand and evaluate whether and under which circumstances co-production contributes to structural improvement in service delivery and in living conditions for city-dwellers (with respect to economic viability, environmental soundness and socio-spatial equity and cohesion). This general aim has been declined through two scientific activities:

  • first, to identify and categorise typologies of institutionalised WSS co-production practices and,
  • second, to explore and evaluate the effects of co-production practices through in-depth case studies. This research has the ambition to move away from a single case study approach to propose a comparative work aimed at meeting project’s objectives. Four cases are thus proposed to explore institutionalised coproduction in the Global South (Addis Ababa, Cochabamba, Hanoi and Dar es Salaam).