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Cameroon: Challenges in Kumbo community to improve water supply management (#364)

The Kumbo water supply system has always had contested ownership claims. After decades of protest, action was taken and management was transferred to Kumbo Urban Council, resulting in the establishment of an inclusive and participatory community water governance structure. From this, the lesson can be learnt that the command and control paradigm can provoke social and political instability. The case also demonstrates how community based platforms can enhance community mobilisation and participatory governance.

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Kenya: Community management in Lake Victoria Drainage Basin (#51)

The Lake Basin Development Authority was set up to manage the entire catchment area of all rivers draining into Lake Victoria. However, its performance was not to the expectation. A further, action was taken to decentralise management and priority was given to achieve access to basic water requirements for the poor, as well as quality of water and improving availability of water for livestock and irrigation. The key lesson learnt is the importance of a participatory approach.

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Social Equity: The Need for an Integrated Approach

Social equity, economic efficiency, and environmental sustainability constitute the three pillars of Integrated Water Resources Management. This policy brief provides an analytical framework that policy-makers can use to understand the relationship between water management and social equity – including causes, dynamics, consequences, and possible solutions. Policy briefs provide policy makers with information on water resources management. They are written by the GWP Technical Committee, a group of internationally recognised professionals in integrated water resources management.
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Social Equity and Integrated Water Resources Management

Social equity is the least understood of the 3 E’s (equity, economic efficiency and environmental sustainability) of IWRM. This paper sets out an overarching framework for the analysis of equity in the context of water development and management and aims to support the equitable distribution of benefits from water resources. This is a Technical Background Paper, written by the GWP Technical Committee, a group of internationally recognised professionals in integrated water resources management.
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Poverty Reduction and IWRM

This paper focuses on the implications of IWRM for poverty reduction. It argues that no strategy for poverty reduction can be effective unless water policies in all their dimensions are brought within its purview, and IWRM is adopted, in order to guarantee a fair and transparent moderation of competitions over water access and use. This is a Technical Background Paper, written by the GWP Technical Committee, a group of internationally recognised professionals in integrated water resources management.
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Mainstreaming gender in IWRM strategies and plans: practical steps for practitioners

Women produce up to 80% of food in developing countries, yet women’s role as farmers is frequently overlooked by agricultural extensionists, including those working for irrigation agencies, and by policy makers. This brief approaches role of women in water resources development and aims to further gender-sensitive IWRM policies, strategies and plans. Technical Briefs disseminate technical knowledge about water resources management. They are written by the GWP Technical Committee, a group of internationally recognised professionals in integrated water resources management.
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Gender Mainstreaming: An Essential Component of Sustainable Water Management

This brief shows the evidence that involvement of women in water resources development and management can help make projects more sustainable. Integrated Water Resources Management and water efficiency strategies are an opportunity to enhance equal participation, representation, and the rights of women in the water sector. Policy briefs provide policy makers with information on water resources management. They are written by the GWP Technical Committee, a group of internationally recognised professionals in integrated water resources management.