Yliopistologo M.A. Sudhindra Sharman sosiologian alaan kuuluva väitöskirja

Procuring Water: Foreign Aid and Rural Water Supply in Nepal

tarkastetaan 9.6.2001 klo 12 Tampereen yliopiston Attilan kiinteistön luentosalissa B661, Yliopistonkatu 38, Tampere.

Vastaväittäjänä on tohtori Leigh Pigg (Simon Fraser University, Canada). Kustoksena toimii akatemiaprofessori Ulla Vuorela.


Sudhindra Sharma on syntynyt 21.11.1964 Kathmandussa Nepalissa. Hän on suorittanut M.A. (Sociology) -tutkinnon Tribhuvan yliopistossa Nepalissa 1989. Sharma on ollut jatko-opiskelijana Tampereen yliopistossa vuodesta 1996. Hän on toiminut tutkijana Helsingin yliopistossa vuosina 1997, 1999-2000.

Sharman väitöskirja ilmestyy Nepal Water Conservation Foundation kustantamana, ISBN 99933-338-0-8.

Väitöskirjan tilausosoite: Institute of Development Studies,Unioninkatu 38 E, P.O. Box 59, 00014 University of Helsinki, Puh: 191 24259

Lisätietoja: Sudhindra Sharma, + 977 1 528111 (työ), + 977 1 547748 (koti), sudhindra@ida.wlink.com.np


Water provisioning has become a major area of intervention by the modern state in developing countries. But, even before the modern state began engaging in water supply, people had been obtaining and managing water. What then is the provision of water (khane paani in Nepali) by the state all about? Though the official reason for involvement in water supply and sanitation is to ensure ´adequate water supply and sanitation coverage and service levels ´the study points out that for local people in the hills and the Tarai, the rationale for external support is different from established convention.

Traversing through the history of water supply and sanitation in Nepal with the Finn-supported Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project and examining oral and written traditions on water, the study concludes that khane paani is as much about improving the conditions of life among the poor as about being modern. Piped water or tube-well brought with the help of the government, in turn made possible by foreign aid, is a symbol through which they posit themselves higher in the ' development' hierarchy. In the process, the rural communities increasingly come to participate in the global discourse on water, and share in the global values, preferences and ways of dealing with water.

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