MOOC Teaser: Effective interventions for water and sanitation in developing countries

About half a billion people on our planet still lack access to improved water supplies and about two billion do not have improved sanitation services, leading to an unknown but very large number of avoidable deaths each year from water-related diseases. Millions of dollars are spent on avoidable health care expenditures, and people – mostly women – spend many billions of hours carrying water from sources outside the home. Reducing these costs is a major global challenge for us all in the 21st century.

Water Supply and Sanitation Policy in Developing Countries Part 2 is the second part of a massive open online course (MOOC) developed by Dale Whittington of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Duncan Thomas of University of Manchester. It looks at ‘Developing Effective Interventions’ and invites policy makers to develop analytical skills and deep understanding about the above-mentioned complex, controversial policy problem – one with no simple, easy answers.

The course features Eduardo Araral, Wu Xun, Kamal Kar, and Leong Ching of the Institute of Water Policy in Singapore. Below is a teaser of Leong Ching’s session on “Changing the institutions that deliver water and sanitation services: Privatization in developing countries”.


Leong Ching is Deputy Director at Institute of Water Policy and Assistant Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Read her research paper, “Persistently Biased: The Devil Shift in Water Privatization in Jakarta”, here.

Click here to download white paper.