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Application of system dynamics for RWSS analysis

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posted on 2018-02-12, 15:11 authored by Shashi Bhattarai, Bhanu Neupane
The paper introduces system dynamics (SD) and simple feedback system of cause and effect; it’s potential for application in rural community development analysis, especially in RWSS interventions. Application of feedback system for RWSS schemes is made for a generic system demonstrating dynamic behavior and interrelation of various factors commonly used in demand responsive approach. Behavior of the demonstrated feed back system is discussed with the findings of field study made for Detailed Demand Assessment Study (DDAS). The DDAS was carried out for RWSS schemes financed by Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Fund Board (RWSSFB) in Nepal. This work is a separate research study utilizing the information of the DDAS field study to demonstrate versatility of SD and to contribute to some extent to the research need indicated in the earlier WEDC conference. The paper concludes with the future applicability of SD for its substantial advantage in addressing RWSS systems to get a holistic, interconnected and multidisciplinary analysis of cause and effects.



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BHATTARAI, S. and NEUPANE, B., 2002. Application of system dynamics for RWSS analysis. IN: Reed, B. (ed). Sustainable environmental sanitation and water services: Proceedings of the 28th WEDC International Conference, Kolkata (Calcutta), India, 18-22 November 2002, 4p.p.


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