Melita Grant is a Research Principal at the Institute for Sustainable Futures specialising in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in international development, with a focus on gender equality and inclusion. Melita has worked for over 15 years’ in government and the not-for-profit sectors and is an experienced practitioner, researcher and advisor. With an academic background in Political Science and Environmental Management, Melita has expertise in governance, regulation and policy analysis, and has applied this in Australian and international development contexts. She has a technical background in water management policy, water conservation behaviours and technologies, and integrated water management through roles at the NSW Office of Water, the Office of the NSW Minister for Water, and in local government. While working for the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, Melita led water conservation and catchment management programs focused on building capacity within local governments around Australia.
Melita recently worked for Oxfam Australia managing partnerships, community engagement and advocacy campaigns related to food justice issues. She has extensive experience in designing, implementing and evaluating stakeholder and community engagement activities within not-for-profits, and has provided independent consultancy services to organisations such as WaterAid Australia.
Melita has worked in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney teaching Human Rights in International Development to Masters students. She holds a Bachelor of Arts - Government (Honours first class) from Sydney University, and a Master of Environment from The University of Melbourne.
Grant, M.L., Dominish, E., Carrard, N., Bui, L., Ha, H., Nghiem, T. & Willetts, J. 2016, 'Reducing or increasing inequalities? The role of private water enterprises in rural Viet Nam', Development Bulletin, vol. 77, no. August 2016, pp. 31-36.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Extreme inequalities are recognised as being detrimental to
human rights and economic development (Stiglitz 2012),
and in response, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
has explicitly included addressing inequalities as one
of the 17 Global Goals. In order to reduce inequalities an
integrated approach across multiple dimensions of human
development is required, including access to safe water.
This research investigated stakeholder perceptions of
rural piped water services in Viet Nam to better understand
issues of equality, access and affordability. It asked the
question: can poor households access piped water services
provided by small scale private enterprises in rural Viet
Nam? This question is important because little is known
about whether or not poor households access piped water
services, related issues of affordability of connection fees
and tariffs, and other potential barriers. It is also important
because private enterprises are increasingly providing piped
water services in Viet Nam, supported by incentives from
Government and international donors including some civil
society organisations (CSOs)
Willetts, J., Grant, M., Carrard, N., Bui, L., Doan The, L., Pham Thi, D. & Dinh Van, D. 2017, 'Good Water Governance for Inclusive Growth and Poverty Reduction', OzWater 2017, Sydney.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
This research demonstrates the existence of inequitable outcomes in provision of piped water services by both private and other service providers in rural Vietnam. This study is the first of its kind in Vietnam, providing robust scientific evidence on who accesses water services from private enterprises. Qualitative research in 60 communes was followed by a quantitative study in six locations. A policy and regulatory review was also conducted, in addition to an assessment of enterprise motivators, enablers and challenges. The study highlights the need for effective regulatory mechanisms to ensure inclusive water service delivery in rural Vietnam.
Carrard, N., Grant, M., Willetts, J.R., Bui Ha, L., Nghiem, T., Thu Ha, N. & Tran, N. 2016, 'Are poor households connecting? Private water enterprises in rural Viet Nam', WASH Futures International Conference.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
This discussion paper is intended to contribute to the implementation of the High Level Panel on Water
(HLPW) Action Plan. It should be read alongside other framing notes commissioned by the Australian
Water Partnership.4 The key points of intersection with the High Level Panel on Water Action Plan are
shown in Figure 1. This Discussion Paper identifies and explains key areas of action for the High Level
Panel on Water and other international development actors and governments. The paper provides a
range of case studies, and the implications for improving policy and practice are outlined. This paper
focuses primarily on the HLPW Action Plan's 'Water Governance' and 'Universal Access to Safe Water and
Grant, M., Huggett, C., Willetts, J. & Wilbur, J. Australian Water Partnership 2016, Gender and SDG 6: The Critical Connection. A Framing Paper developed for the High Level Panel on Water, Sydney, Australia.View/Download from: UTS OPUS