Although cities with populations in excess of 1million receive almost all the attention from national and international development authorities, most urban dwellers in developing countries live in cities with populations below 50,000. Neglecting such smaller- and medium-sized cities often means that they receive little or no support from the central government and international sources. Consequently, urban planners and municipal administrators in such cities are increasingly relying on non-conventional public service delivery strategies that depend less on central government and bilateral funds and more on inputs from the citizenry and other non-governmental bodies. The case study discussed in this report shows how, in the face of limited resources from the state and external sources, authorities in two small cities in Cameroon, namely Kumbo and Mutengene, employed self-help and other unorthodox strategies to address the potable water supply needs of their populations.
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