Water Services Management

You will focus on the provision of water and sanitation services and the management of related infrastructure, and develop and critically review institutional and financial instruments and business models for different socio-economic contexts.

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    What is Delft based

    This programme will run entirely at UNESCO-IHE in Delft, the Netherlands

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Delft based, IHE Delft, The Netherlands18 months, starts in January

For whom?

This thematic profile is designed for professionals active in the water services sector. Students from line ministries, water supply and waste water companies, municipal assemblies, but also from an NGO or CBO background will benefit from the well-balanced programme.


The degree students receive from IHE Delft is the MSc degree in Water Management and Governance


Learning objectives

After completing the Water Management and Governance MSc programme and this thematic profile, you will be able to:

  • Describe for a given water resources system the interplay between the main biophysical processes and social dynamics, in analyzing service delivery modalities.
  • Describe and explain the main concepts and instruments for analysing and influencing formal and informal arrangements concerning water supply and sanitation services, including policies, laws and institutions, and by adopting a historical perspective.
  • Explain the key concepts for integrated, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary analyses of water services management and describe challenges of providing water supply and sanitation services at different levels (from global to local).
  • Summarize the current debates relevant for water supply and sanitation services, using institutional and management theories from different academic disciplines (e.g. economics, public administration, sociology, political science, law).

Application & Admission

Apply to the Water Management and Governance MSc Programme and enroll in this thematic profile during the course of the programme.


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