Analysis of Gender and Other Social Dimensions of Household Water Insecurity in Ngamiland, Botswana

Krasposy Kujinga, Cornelis Vanderpost, Gagoitseope Mmopelwa, Wellington R.L Masamba
2014 Journal of Management and Sustainability  
This paper analyzes impacts of water insecurity on men, women and children in Botswana, a middle income and semi-arid country. The paper contributes to the burgeoning literature on water security. Households in different settlement categories of Ngamiland, Botswana experience water insecurity. Men, women, girls and children living in water insecurity lifeworlds, play various roles in ensuring household water availability. Women and girls have the greatest agency in ensuring household water
more » ... ousehold water availability by spending considerable time transporting water containers loaded on their heads and engaging in rainwater harvesting. Water insecurity negatively affects personal hygiene and gives rise to household interpersonal conflicts. Countries facing water insecurity, e.g. Botswana need to promote research that can inform appropriate water policies, legal frameworks, technologies for water supply and financial mechanisms for enhancing household water security. Participants for FGDs were randomly picked from male and female headed households from different areas of each settlement. At least one FGD was held in each study settlement and attended by at least 16 participants.
doi:10.5539/jms.v4n4p86 fatcat:k2knidswvjeyzgywprswtarwne