This PhD research project was carried out under the Environmental Policy and Management Program, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of New South Wales in close collaboration with AMRF (2006-2009). The poor in most developing countries are persistently marginalised in their living conditions, including their access to safe drinking water. The research objectives have been (1) to better understand why this state of affairs has endured despite decades of efforts and interventions, and (2) to propose more adequate alternatives. The central case study was concerned with drinking water in rural Bangladesh. For the full abstract and the option to download the dissertation, please click on the image or the link below.