Water has always been a crucial catalyst for human development. In Africa, competition among different sectors for this scarce resource remains a critical challenge to water managers and decision-makers. Water and Development examines a range of issues, from governance to solar distillation, from gender to water pumps, using a range of research methods, from participant observation to GIS and SPSS data analysis. Throughout, however, there is the unifying thread of developing a participatory and sustainable approach to water which recognises it as an essential public necessity. The result is essential reading both for students of development and the environment and for NGOs and policy-makers seeking a robust and transformational approach to water and development.
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This book examines current debates around water, development and governance in context.
This highly readable book raises important issues in the management of freshwater in the interests of the poor and the marginalised, issues that are becoming more pressing in the face of population growth, economic development and climate change.' Barbara Schreiner, executive director, Pegasys Institute 'This is a very significant book, and an important grounding for future thinking and policy around "water for all". It draws attention to the complex dynamics of water-related challenges in an accessible format [and] will be an invaluable resource for policy-makers, professionals, and students alike.' Robert Chambers, author of Rural Development and Provocations for Development 'An illustrative, inspiring and innovative text that raises fundamental issues on the pertinent subject of water in a developing context. The book is comprehensive in tackling both hardware and software issues in relation to sustainable water development and access. Scholars, researchers, policy-makers and planners in the water sector will undoubtedly find this book a vital reference.' John Ddumba-Ssentamu, professor and vice chancellor, Makerere University 'An insightful and important analysis of the promises and pitfalls inherent in hybrid development models guiding global water resource governance. The empirical case studies are highly instructive for students of gender and resource management, as well as development planners.' Nalini Visvanathan, co-editor of The Women, Gender and Development Reader
Ronaldo Munck is head of civic engagement at Dublin City University and visiting professor in Development Studies at St Mary’s University, Canada. He is the founding chair of the Development Studies Association of Ireland and has written widely on development issues from a Southern and social movement perspective with an output of more than twenty books and over one hundred academic journal articles. Recent work includes Rethinking Latin America: Development, Hegemony and Social Transformation. He was a PI for the Water Is Life research project funded by Irish Aid.