Environmental Management

, Volume 54, Issue 6, pp 1320–1330

The Role of Women in Water Management and Conflict Resolution in Marsabit, Kenya

  • Sarah Yerian
  • Monique Hennink
  • Leslie E. Greene
  • Daniel Kiptugen
  • Jared Buri
  • Matthew C. Freeman
Article

Abstract

We employed qualitative methods to explore how conflict over water collection and use impacts women, and the role that women play in water management and conflict resolution in Marsabit, Kenya. Conflicts between domestic and livestock water led to insufficient water for domestic use and intra-household conflict. Women’s contributions to water management were valued, especially through informal initiatives, though involvement in statutory water management committees was not culturally appropriate. Promoting culturally appropriate ways to involve women in water management, rather than merely increasing the percentage of women on water committee, may reduce conflicts and increase women’s access to domestic water supplies.

Keywords

Water conflict Water management Kenya Qualitative Women Water governance Gender 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah Yerian
    • 1
    • 2
  • Monique Hennink
    • 2
    • 3
  • Leslie E. Greene
    • 1
    • 2
  • Daniel Kiptugen
    • 4
  • Jared Buri
    • 5
  • Matthew C. Freeman
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Environmental HealthEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Center for Global Safe WaterEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Hubert Department of Global HealthEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  4. 4.Millennium Water AllianceNairobiKenya
  5. 5.Food for the Hungry KenyaNairobiKenya

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