• My questions

    Poverty

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    These are questions I would ask people who are deeply involved in the questions surrounding the provision of clean water in developing nations

    1. What do you believe is the main reason some people in developing countries dont have clean drinking water? expand. a. transportation b. information c. collection d. communication e. distribution f. accessibility g. purification h. other

    2. What, in your opinion, is the best way to help? expand. a. wells b. damns c. send money/ donate money d. education e. other

    3. Is there a difference in ways of helping in the medium term (10 yrs) versus the long term (50 yrs)? what is your opinion on this matter?

    4. What area of the world do you believe is currently suffering from the biggest water related issues? and why this area specifically?

    5. Do you believe that our USD90 billion (estimated) a year water industry in developed nations effects the lack of drinking water in developing nations? if yes, how so?

    6. Argue for and against these means of improving the availability of clean drinking water a. wells + - b. damns + - c. Sending funds + - d. Education + -

    7. How is water distributed evenly in a village/ town in an equal manner once it is retrieved? (ie wells?) do people share? how?

    8. How is water physically being divided?

    9. How is water stored in homes? what happens to it after it has been stored for a while?

    10. how do people make sure water is not wasted or spilled once it is retrieved from the ground? is this a common problem?

    (photo from: http://www.charitywater.org/)

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    Lee, I like your questions a lot, but I think you have to make it easier for people with varying expertise about the subject to respond. I don't think that most people will have an opinion, for example, about the technical problems associated with water stagnation or evaporation. questions 1 through 4 appear to target potential respondents with only general familiarity with issues surrounding water resources, while the rest of them suggest a person with significantly greater levels of expertise. I am concerned that, unless you target the recipients very carefully, the less knowledgeable people will decide against participating, because they will have no opinion about some of these matters. Maybe you need two questionnaires, one for professionals with specific knowledge on this subject, and the other for a more general audience. What do you think of this suggestion? steven


  • In response to questions about your questions, posted by steven landau,
    in the thread My questions

    Hi Steven , Firstly I would like to thank you for responding, it is very helpful to have this dialogue. Secondly, I am wondering whether there is a point at all in creating a questionnaire for the general public/ audience? what kind of information could i ask them that would be valuable to me?

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