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Community-based water law and water resource management reform in developing countries


  • van Koppen, Barbara
  • Giordano, Mark
  • Butterworth, John


The lack of sufficient access to clean water is a common problem faced by communities, efforts to alleviate poverty and gender inequality and improve economic growth in developing countries. While reforms have been implemented to manage water resources, these have taken little notice of how people use and manage their water and have had limited effect at the ground level. On the other hand, regulations developed within communities are livelihood-oriented and provide incentives for collective action but they can also be hierarchal, enforcing power and gender inequalities. This book shows how bringing together the strengths of community-based laws rooted in user participation and the formalized legal systems of the public sector, water management regimes will be more able to reach their goals. Evaluating the interface between community and formal water laws, chapters consider examples from Africa, Latin America and Asia and provide valuable insights for policy makers, managers, researchers and field implementers.

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  • van Koppen, Barbara & Giordano, Mark & Butterworth, John, 2007. "Community-based water law and water resource management reform in developing countries," IWMI Books, International Water Management Institute, number 138046.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:iwmibo:138046

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    1. Hellum, Anne & Derman, Bill, 2004. "Land Reform and Human Rights in Contemporary Zimbabwe: Balancing Individual and Social Justice Through an Integrated Human Rights Framework," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 32(10), pages 1785-1805, October.
    2. Salman M.A. Salman & Siobhán McInerney-Lankford, 2004. "The Human Right to Water : Legal and Policy Dimensions," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 14893.
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    1. van Koppen, Barbara & Smits, S., 2012. "Multiple use water services: scoping study synthesis. Final report [MUS project]," IWMI Research Reports H045518, International Water Management Institute.
    2. Nunez, Paula & Colmenero, Alberto, 2011. "Ague, agricultura y desarrollo: avances y retos para la reduccion de la pobreza," Revista Española de Estudios Agrosociales y Pesqueros, Ministerio de Medio Ambiente, Rural y Marino (formerly Ministry of Agriculture), issue 230.
    3. repec:gam:jlands:v:6:y:2017:i:4:p:77-:d:117549 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Namara, Regassa E. & Hanjra, Munir A. & Castillo, Gina E. & Ravnborg, Helle Munk & Smith, Lawrence & Van Koppen, Barbara, 2010. "Agricultural water management and poverty linkages," Agricultural Water Management, Elsevier, vol. 97(4), pages 520-527, April.


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