Even I am there!
David Kreamer, who actually coined the term hydrophilanthropy during a 2005 (?) phone conversation with me ("Hey, you know that hydrophilanthropy stuff you do?"), leads the issue with a serio-comic treatment of some of the mistakes made when implementing WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) projects in developing regions. It's titled, 'How People Promoting Clean Water Availability, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Can Actually Injure Communities'. It's hilarious but very important.
Dave has really hit a home run with this one!
Abstract (not in the Water Resources IMPACT article)
Efforts to enhance water quality and quantity, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) around the globe, also known as hydrophilanthropy, can be hindered by a variety of factors. Solid, long-term improvement can be obstructed by the thoughtless acts of would-be hydrophilanthropists, like the lack of observance of regional norms, customs, mores, and traditions in host countries, or by more complicated interpersonal relationships, such as the lack of coordination with communities both before and during installment of local improvements. Other stumbling blocks can include: absence of long-term strategic planning; insufficient scientific and engineering design and construction; poor anticipation of future events and complicating issues; use of inappropriate technologies that do not fit into the community; lack of educational programs, (both for the community to understand and provide stewardship for the project, and for the education of the those installing WASH facilities by the community); and absence of meaningful project follow-up. This paper seeks to use select historical and literary figures and events to underscore types of human failings and activities that compare with behaviors that can instigate the failure of WASH endeavors. This is strictly a heuristic exercise, designed to entertain as much as inform. Just as there is no single way to undermine well-intentioned water and sanitation efforts, there is likewise no exclusive approach to achieve successful WASH development that will suit all circumstances. But avoiding common mistakes can bring essential resources to villages, and in the process empower communities, diminish sickness and mortality, and advance the human condition.
"The road to help is paved with good intentions." - Tracy Baker