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The EMPOWERS approach to water governance : background and key concepts

This booklet provides an explanation of the conceptual background to the EMPOWERS approach to water governance and is a companion volume to The EMPOWERS approach to water governance : guidelines, methods and tools. It outlines the changing role of the expert from someone who provides solutions to someone who helps stakeholders to address their problems and to develop their own solutions. The booklet is divided into four sections: Part 1 provides an introduction to key concepts in local water governance and integrated water resources management, as well as to a number of critical issues that are dealt with in the guidelines. Part 2 considers how to achieve good local water governance and outlines some of the lessons learnt during the development and testing of the approach, both in practical terms and also in terms of broader policy considerations. Part 3 briefly sets out the key lessons learnt in using the EMPOWERS approach and Part 4 discusses possible avenues and approaches for using the guidelines. It includes a plea that those who adopt the EMPOWERS approach and associated methods and tools report on successes and failures, to enrich the global learning process and to deepen our understanding of these issues.

TitleThe EMPOWERS approach to water governance : background and key concepts
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsMoriarty, P.B., Batchelor, C., Laban, P., Fahmy, H.
Pagination40 p. : 2 boxes, 1 fig., 1 tab.
Date Published01/2007
PublisherInter-Islamic Network on Water Resources Development and Management, INWRDAM and IRC
Place PublishedAmman, Jordan
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISSN Number9789957862459
Keywordscommunity participation, policies, sdipar, sdipol, water management, water supply
Abstract

This booklet provides an explanation of the conceptual background to the EMPOWERS approach to water governance and is a companion volume to The EMPOWERS approach to water governance : guidelines, methods and tools. It outlines the changing role of the expert from someone who provides solutions to someone who helps stakeholders to address their problems and to develop their own solutions. The booklet is divided into four sections: Part 1 provides an introduction to key concepts in local water governance and integrated water resources management, as well as to a number of critical issues that are dealt with in the guidelines. Part 2 considers how to achieve good local water governance and outlines some of the lessons learnt during the development and testing of the approach, both in practical terms and also in terms of broader policy considerations. Part 3 briefly sets out the key lessons learnt in using the EMPOWERS approach and Part 4 discusses possible avenues and approaches for using the guidelines. It includes a plea that those who adopt the EMPOWERS approach and associated methods and tools report on successes and failures, to enrich the global learning process and to deepen our understanding of these issues.

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