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Lina Taing (United States)

Lina Taing

Researcher and PhD Candidate

University of Cape Town, Urban Water Management Group, South Africa


Master of Integrated Water Management
(with IWC Scholarship)

Graduated 2010

Career path

Lina has previously worked in London, Liberia and California for various health NGOs in operations, fundraising and community development. After witnessing first-hand how poor water and sanitation detrimentally affected the health and economy of post-conflict Liberian communities, Lina decided to pursue a Master in Integrated Water Management with aims to assist in the provision of sanitation services in developing contexts.

Lina is currently conducting research with the University of Cape Town’s Urban Water Management group on a 2010 Ambassadorial Scholarship from Rotary International.

Final semester project

Improving sewerage for South Africa: A study of institutional constraints to the adoption of alternative forms of sewerage

The City of Cape Town faces monumental development challenges as its population of 3.3 million people and 220+ unplanned informal settlements continue to grow due to the high concentration of economic opportunities available in the urban centre.

Approximately 30% of Cape Town’s households live in informal settlements or overcrowded housing with limited or no access to basic water and sanitation services (City of Cape Town and Amanzi Obom Consulting, 2008). The majority of sanitation services in informal settlements are communal with facilities being shared by a large number of people.

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