Project Profile

WASH and Gender in Nepal

Duration : July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2021

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.

Location(s): Nepal
Project Contact: Rajouria, Alok
Donor(s): DFAT

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