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Accepted Paper:

Aftout Essahili - ethnographic investigations into large-scale urban water provision in Nouakchott, Mauritania  
Christian Vium (Aarhus University)

Paper long abstract:

Nouakchott, the capital city of Mauritania was founded in 1956. What was then a settlement of a few thousands have now grown into a city of nearly one million inhabitants, of which the majority are sedentarised nomads who have left the rural areas and their traditional livelihood in response to a complex of entanglements; severe droughts, profound political transformations and disruption of the socio-economic fabric of the nomadic livelihood.

The rapid and unmediated growth of Nouakchott has put tremendous pressure on infrastructure, in particular water services. As a response to the widespread lack of water, particularly during the dry season, the government, in collaboration with a host of international donors, has initiated the country's largest development project to date: the Aftout Essahili project, which will bring water from the River Senegal some 200 kilometers to the South directly to Nouakchott via pipelines.

This paper investigates this ongoing project.

Panel W087
Water scenarios: forecasting and liquid knowledge
  Session 1