Johanna Koehler, a third-year DPhil student at Green Templeton College, examines institutional and financial developments in water service provision in sub-Saharan Africa. Her work focuses on water security and risk in areas of competition over limited water resources between industry, agriculture and communities.
Johanna has also contributed to the development of a novel and scalable professionalised rural water maintenance service delivery model that is currently operating in Kenya. Her DPhil research examines the impact of decentralisation on the water sector in Kenya with regard to policy reform and water service provision arrangements.
Johanna’s work on the financial sustainability of rural water services in sub-Saharan Africa recently featured in The Economist: 'In Kenya Ms Koehler found villagers were prepared to pay five times as much for water so long as their pumps were fixed within three days, compared with the previous average of 27.'
Achieving financial sustainability through new approaches is a critical component of leaving no one behind and reaching the water goal of the Sustainable Development Agenda.