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Poverty–Lack of Access to Adequate Safe Water Nexus: Evidence from Rural Malawi

Maxwell Mkondiwa, Charles Jumbe () and Kenneth A. Wiyo

African Development Review, 2013, vol. 25, issue 4, 537–550

Abstract: This paper investigates the relationship between poverty and lack of access to adequate safe water in rural Malawi. Data used in the analysis was collected from a survey covering 1,651 randomly selected households. We use Canonical Correlation Analysis (CCA) as a distinct technique for understanding the poverty–rural water access nexus. CCA results indicate that poverty in the context of low income and expenditure is positively correlated with lack of access to safe and adequate water. Integrated Rural Water Resources Management (IRWM) interventions are therefore needed to address both challenges of poverty and poor access to adequate safe water in rural Malawi.

Date: 2013
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