Project Profile

The politics of Integrated Water Resources Management in Africa


Duration : April 1, 2012 - December 31, 2014
Overview:

Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) has emerged as a key approach in the water sector in the past decade. However, IWRM has not produced the anticipated socio-economic, political and ecological outcomes due to the uncertainty and complexity of river basins and the plural, overlapping and competing formal and informal legal and customary systems in the African context. Our research seeks to link ideas of IWRM as constructed at the global and European level to their translation into narratives and practices in eastern and southern Africa (Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe). This research will critically examine the interpretations and challenges of IWRM, hopefully contributing to improving water policies and practices and making them locally appropriate

Location(s): Mozambique, Tanzania, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Project Contact: Van Koppen, B.
Donor(s): UMB (Universitetet for miljø- og biovitenskap)

Farmers cultivating lettuce, while another farmer digs a small canal (marwa) with a donkey, Egypt. Photo: cc: Hamish John Appleby/IWMI