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This article proposes an analysis of international support to waterworks in two African countries. It starts with a presentation of R. Rottenburg' Far-Fetched Facts (2009), a book that analyzes such support in an East African country while producing a much more ambitious line of reasoning. For the author, development aid is not really independent from a more global modern philosophy based on egalitarism (compelling actors to work constantly against and for maintaining this ideological stance). In the second part, the article presents a case study of pipe scheme implementation in Ghana, using one of the important propositions drawn from the sociology of translation-the agency of things-to look into the utility as a means to bring about both the community interests and its overtaking.

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