IDS Policy Briefing;77

Learning from Southern Africa on Fair and Effective Integrated Water Resources Management

Published on 14 October 2014

Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) has been promoted by international donors, global water organisations and financers as the answer to the water crisis in the Global South.

Yet the experiences of countries in southern Africa including Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe suggests that IWRM has failed to adequately address issues of inequality. More needs to be done to ensure that water reforms are informed by a better understanding of specific political and social country contexts and are driven by the needs of local communities.


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Lyla Mehta

Professorial Fellow

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Hannah Corbett

Head of Communications and Engagement

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Institute of Development Studies
Corbett, H., Mehta, L., with van Koppen, B., Movik, S. and Derman, B
IDS Policy Briefing, issue 77


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