IWMI Research Report – 8

Institutional Design Principles for Accountability in Large Irrigation Systems.


Merrey, D. J. 1996. Institutional design principles for accountability in large irrigation systems. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Irrigation Management Institute (IIMI); IWMI. v, 26p. (IIMI Research Report 8 / IWMI Research Report 8) [doi: 10.3910/2009.008]



Argues that single irrigation systems managed by autonomous system-specific organizations accountable to their customers, perform better and are more sustainable than those managed by agencies dependent on the government, or by agencies responsible for multiple systems. Selected cases are reviewed and the plausibility of this hypothesis established. General recommendations are made for policy makers designing irrigation reform programs.


ISBN: 92-9090-335-X

ISSN: 1026-0862