WASH and Gender in Nepal
Recent research has pointed to the need to better understand power structures and local governance to improve functionality in community-managed systems. This is particularly relevant in Nepal, and other countries, where new patterns of male out-migration are significantly changing gender roles and relationships in local communities. The proposed research will explore how dynamic gender relationships influence the sustainability and functionality of water systems, with a focus on their impact on collective action approaches, and how better gender-programming might improve the outcomes of WASH interventions. The research mixes conventional and action research methods to advance understanding of the interplay between gender, power, and functionality. Research findings will initiate deliberative engagements across governance levels that can help to shape the design of policy recommendations.