Water Politics and Development Cooperation

Local Power Plays and global Governance

  • Waltina Scheumann
  • Susanne Neubert
  • Martin Kipping

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXX
  2. Water Policy – Water Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Peter P. Mollinga
      Pages 1-29
  3. Global Norms and National Policies

  4. Critical Debates Revisited

  5. Politics of Water Supply and Sanitation

  6. Power Plays in Irrigation Reforms

  7. Development Cooperation

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 401-416

About this book


This statement in the most recent Human Development Report articulates a conv- tion that has increasingly gained ground in the water community over recent years: the key challenge in the water sector is not a lack of water, knowledge, nancial - sourcesortechnology.Ingeneral,itisthepoliticalspherethatdetermineswhetheror not water problems are solved, whether or not people have access to drinking water, irrigation water and sanitation, whether our natural resource base is developed s- tainable or overexploited, and whether new challenges for the water sector – such as adaptation to climate change – will be tackled or not. Politics (the process of decision-making of groups of people, involving the authoritative allocation of e.g. resources), the actors, their interests and interactions determine whether progress is made or hindered. The outcome of water politics is then re ected in water po- cies, the substantive outcome of the political interplay in terms of regulations, action programs or spending priorities of the various public or private entities concerned.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Waltina Scheumann
    • 1
  • Susanne Neubert
    • 2
  • Martin Kipping
    • 3
  1. 1.Waltina Scheumann Helmholtz-Zentrum for Umweltforschung (UFZ) Abt. Umwelt and Planungsrecht04318 LeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Susanne Neubert Deutsches Institut for Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)53113 BonnGermany
  3. 3.Deutsche Botschaft Kabul Einsatz I Ktgt. ISAF AFG, Feldpost64298 DarmstadtGermany

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