Access to water is a fundamental right of all human beings, given that it significantly affects quality of life and enables people, especially the poor, to live with dignity. A significant number of organisations and governments throughout the world are working on this challenge and developing sustainable intervention models. There are several community-driven approaches which attempt to bring water within the reach of people, and to help establish people’s ownership and rights over it.
The social work profession, with its commitment to working with the marginalised and the underprivileged, cannot be immune to the challenges posed by the scarcity of water, and must inevitably join the various efforts made the world over to tackle this problem head on. This book examines specific nuances of water scarcity, and develops viable social work intervention strategies based on the experiences of successful intervention models.
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Dr Geeta Balakrishnan is the Principal of the College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan, Mumbai, India, where she also completed her Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degrees. She teaches courses on Working with Individuals and Families and Training in Social Work. Her area of interest is working with people with disabilities.Meghna Vesvikar is an Assistant Professor in the College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan, Mumbai, India, where she teaches Integrated Social Work Practice, Development Communication, Basic Communication and Program Media, and Media and Development. Her areas of interest are media and prison studies.