Jeremy is a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) researcher with special interest in Pacific island countries and territories and the wider Asia region. His primary areas of expertise include interdisciplinary and applied research on sustainability of rural water, rural sanitation, and urban sanitation services, and climate change impacts on WASH services.
Al'afghani, MM, Kohlitz, J & Willetts, J 2019, 'Not Built to Last: Improving Legal and Institutional Arrangements for Community-Based Water and Sanitation Service Delivery in Indonesia', Water Alternatives, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 285-303.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Kohlitz, J, Chong, J & Willetts, J 2019, 'Analysing the capacity to respond to climate change: a framework for community-managed water services', Climate and Development.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
© 2018, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. In this paper, we present a conceptual framework for guiding interdisciplinary research on analysing the capacity of community-managed water services to respond to disturbances from climate change. Climate change poses a serious threat to the sustainable delivery of community-managed water services in developing countries. We synthesized key concepts from the latest research on vulnerability and resilience theories into a shared framework that functions as a heuristic for the analysis of different elements of the capacity to respond to climate disturbances and how they are related to community-managed water services. Primary elements of the framework include conceptualisations of the capacities to respond to specific hazards (e.g. through risk management and knowledge of thresholds) and to disturbances in general (e.g. through agency, social structure, and adaptive management practices), the potential for capacity to be differentiated across scales, and the social and biophysical system characteristics that influence capacity to respond to climate change. We describe how each these elements relate to sustaining community-managed water services against climate change throughout the paper. We also discuss subjective choices (temporal frame, system boundaries, scale of inquiry, and desired forms of capacity) that analysts must make when considering how capacity to respond to climate change is analysed.
Foster, T, Rand, E, Sami, E, Dance, B, Kohlitz, J & Willetts, J 2019, 'Does the source of water for piped supplies affect child health? Evidence from rural Vanuatu', Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Kohlitz, JP, Rostiani, R, Indarti, N, Murta, J & Willetts, J 2018, 'Sludge removal enterprises in Indonesia: Factors affecting entrepreneurial success', Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 246-256.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
© IWA Publishing 2018. Faecal sludge removal is critical for the long-term functionality of on-site sanitation facilities and sustained sanitation outcomes. Private enterprises are important players in providing sludge removal services in Indonesia and other countries where government does not do so. However, the extent to which sludge removal entrepreneurs can fulfil this role depends on the viability, or success, of their enterprises. This paper investigates factors linked to the success of sludge removal enterprises in Indonesia, including traits of the entrepreneurs, characteristics of the enterprises and contextual challenges. These factors and levels of success were examined from data collected from structured interviews with 24 sludge removal enterprises across six cities in Indonesia. This research found that higher levels of success were significantly associated with entrepreneurs that had previous work experience of any kind, made higher upfront investments and did not involve their family members in the management of the enterprise. Participants most frequently identified high costs of capital, high levels of competition and insufficient time to spend on the enterprise as challenges to success. These findings provide important evidence for how civil society organisations and governments in Indonesia and elsewhere may best provide a conducive enabling environment for enterprise roles in sludge removal.
Kohlitz, JP, Chong, J & Willetts, J 2017, 'Climate change vulnerability and resilience of water, sanitation, and hygiene services: a theoretical perspective', Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 181-195.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
This paper explores the contemporary issues associated with informal settlements in the Pacific in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 11—Sustainable Cities and Communities. We explore the challenges of water and sanitation service provision in informal settlements, and describe steps being made to address these challenges. Finally, we look at the future of informal settlements in the Pacific in the context of sustainable development, examining specific examples of progress in Solomon Islands and Fiji. As urban populations grow, so too have rates of urban poverty and populations residing in informal settlements. Given the lack of suitable housing, large numbers of new settlers have no choice but to live in temporary shelters or on marginal land. Informal settlements are characterised by overcrowding, poor access to services (including water, sanitation and electricity), roads and drainage. Settlement areas are also more highly prone to natural hazards such as flooding due to their location on marginal land including mangroves, riverbanks, floodplains and steep slopes (ADB 2016). Informal settlements can exist in many different forms, from newly established settlements of disparate individuals, to those mimicking rural villages through their more mature governance and micro-economic systems (ibid). This, along with the heterogeneity of Pacific Island countries in general, highlights the need for careful consideration in supporting the sustainable development of informal settlements—an issue that cuts across many of the SDGs. As for all complex development challenges, an inclusive approach is required, as advocated by the SDGs. Governments, civil society, the private sector, donors, multilateral organisations and other actors have roles to play to ensure development progress is made for people residing in informal settlements.
Kohlitz, J, Willetts, JR & Chong, J 2016, 'Monitoring the human rights to water and sanitation: an analysis of policy in Pacific Island countries', Water Policy, vol. 18, no. 5.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Government monitoring of water and sanitation services is a critical step in realising the human rights to water and sanitation (HRWS). In this study we investigated the national water and sanitation policies of 13 Pacific island countries (PICs) to understand how they envision monitoring the water and sanitation service delivery dimensions put forth by the HRWS framework. In particular, we analysed the policies for fundamental aspects of good monitoring governance and sought to learn how strongly monitoring of each service delivery dimension was represented in the policies. We found that delineation of roles and responsibilities and defined information flows are generally underdeveloped, and that the policies tend to give precedence to monitoring the service delivery dimensions of availability, quality, and sustainability over accessibility, affordability, acceptability, and equality. Donors have considerable influence on which dimensions receive the most emphasis in the policies. If realisation of the HRWS is to be effectively supported in PICs, PIC governments and supporting donors must continue to refine national policy to clarify aspects of good monitoring governance and to be more inclusive of monitoring a wider range of service delivery dimensions.
Kohlitz, JP & Smith, MD 2015, 'Water quality management for domestic rainwater harvesting systems in Fiji', WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY-WATER SUPPLY, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 134-141.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Kohlitz, J, Hasan, T, Khatri, K, Sokota, A, Iddings, S, Bera, U & Psutka, R 2013, 'Assessing reported use and microbiological performance of a point-of-use household water filter in rural Fiji', JOURNAL OF WATER SANITATION AND HYGIENE FOR DEVELOPMENT, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 207-215.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Kohlitz, J, Carrard, N & Foster, T 2019, 'Social-ecological system resilience for WASH' in Neely, K (ed), Systems Thinking and WASH: Tools and Case Studies for a Sustainable Water Supply, Practical Action Publishing, Rugby, Warwickshire, pp. 79-91.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
This book explores the different applications of systems thinking used by an interdisciplinary group of WASH researchers and practitioners.
Kohlitz, J, Carrard, N & Willetts, J 2019, Support mechanisms to strengthen equality and non-discrimination (EQND) in rural sanitation (Part 2 of 2), Frontiers of CLTS: Innovations and Insights, no. 13, Institute for Development Studies.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Carrard, N, Soeters, S, Kohlitz, J, Murta, J, Willetts, J & Halcrow, G 2018, Sanitation for all: A comparative study of approaches to leaving no one behind across five countries, Sydney.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Kohlitz, J ISF-UTS 2018, Sustaining rural water services against climate change in Vanuatu: A project brief, Sydney, Australia.
Kohlitz, J 2018, 'Responding to climate change to sustain community-managed water services in Vanuatu'.