Dr. Dorcas Mbuvi

Affiliated Researcher

Research group(s):
4. Governance and institutions
7. Social Protection

Dorcas has a PhD in Economics and Governance (major in Public Policy and Policy Analysis) from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. For her PhD, she examined the nature and role of regulation, industry ownership, infrastructural financing and political economy structures - on urban water utilities’ effectiveness, efficiency and productivity. Her research interests span a variety of themes including: public policy analysis & impact assessment; disaster risk assessment, reduction & financing; financial inclusion & inclusive economic development; integrated natural resource management & governance; productivity & efficiency analysis; and water, sanitation, energy & health nexus.

Selected publications by Dorcas Mbuvi

Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Mbuvi, Dorcas & Klaas Schwartz (eds.), 2013, The politics of utility reform: A case study of the Ugandan water sector, Public Money & Management, 33(5): 377-382, DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2013.817130, More information
Mbuvi, Dorcas, Kristof de Witte & S. Perelman, 2012, Urban water sector performance in Africa: A step-wise bias-corrected efficiency and effectiveness analysis, Utilities Policy, 22: 31-40, DOI: 10.1016/j.jup.2012.02.004, More information
Mbuvi, Dorcas, 2012, Urban water sector performance in Africa: A Stepwise bias-corrected efficiency and effectiveness analysis, Utilities Policy, March 2012, More information
Mbuvi, Dorcas & E. Boon, 2009, The livelihood Potential of Non-wood Forest Products: The case of Mbooni Division in Makueni District, Kenya, Environment, Development and Sustainability, 11(5): 989-1004

Book chapters
Mbuvi, Dorcas, Klaas Schwartz & J. Kemerink, 2013, Governance shifts in the water services sector, in: Tapio S Katko; Petri Juuti; Klaas Schwartz, Water services management and governance: Lessons for a sustainable future, IWA Publishing, London
Mbuvi, Dorcas & E. Boon (eds.), 2012, Environmental leadership and management of national parks: Theory versus reality, in: Boon, E., Hens, L., and Oviedo, G (Eds), Management of national parks and biodiversity conservation in Africa, Kamal-Raj Enterprises, Delhi
Kemerink, J., Dorcas Mbuvi & K. Schwartz, 2012, Governance shifts in the water services sector: A case study of the Zambian water services sector, in: Katko, T., Juuti, P., and Schwartz, K., Water services management and governance: Lessons for a sustainable future, IWA Publishing, London, UK, More information

UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Wertza, Aurélie & Dorcas Mbuvi, 2020, Women, leadership and violent extremism: A potential security risk?, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2020-054
Frenken, Jonas Hub & Dorcas Mbuvi, 2017, Country risk, FDI flows and convergence trends in the context of the Investment Development Path, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2017-005
Mbuvi, Dorcas & Achraf Tarsim, 2011, Managerial ownership and urban water utilities efficiency in Uganda, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2011-036

Research reports
Mbuvi, Dorcas, Christine Gutekunst, Eleonora Nillesen, Théophile T. Azomahou & Bart Verspagen (eds.), 2017, Microfinance and improved sanitation: Findings from the impact evaluation baseline survey in Busia and Bungoma, Kenya, Funded through the Sustainable Water Fund by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), 77
Mengueze, Sandrine, Dorcas Mbuvi, Sarah Dickin & Corinne Schuster-Wallace (eds.), 2014, A micro financing framework for rural water and sanitation provisioning in sub-Saharan Africa, UNU-INWEH & UNU-MERIT, More information

Mbuvi, Dorcas, 2012, Utility reforms and performance of the Urban Water Sector in Africa, MGSoG Dissertation Series, More information

Other (editorship, media appearance, keynote, etc.)
Parihar, Rushva & Dorcas Mbuvi (eds.), 2017, Sanitation wins must not become safe water losses, Development & Society, Our World: United Nations University, Sanitation legislation & key multilevel stakeholders must safeguard human and environmental health in order not to solve a problem today only to create a much more complex disaster in the near future across low and middle income countries (LMICs), More information