ISBN 9781779223142
Pages 378
Dimensions 229 x 152mm
Published 2017
Publisher Weaver Press, Zimbabwe
Format Paperback

Flows and Practices

The Politics of Integrated Water Resources Management in Eastern and Southern Africa

edited by Lyla Mehta, Bill Derman, Emmanuel Manzungu

For the past two decades, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) has been the dominant paradigm in water resources. This book explores how ideas of IWRM are being translated and adapted in Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Grounded in social science theory and research, it highlights the importance of politics, history and culture in shaping water management practices and reform, and demonstrates how Africa has clearly been a laboratory for IWRM. While a new cadre of professionals made IWRM their mission, we show that poor women and men may not have always benefitted. In some cases IWRM has also offered a distraction from more critical issues such as water and land grabs, privatisation, the negative impacts of water permits, and a range of institutional ambiguities that prevent water allocations to small and poor water users. By critically examining the interpretations and challenges of IWRM, the book contributes to improving water policies and practices and making them more locally appropriate in Africa and beyond.

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About the Editor

Bill Derman

Bill Derman is currently Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University and the Department of International Environment and Development Studies at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Michigan and has carried out long term field work in west and southern Africa. He is currently engaged in research on land restitution in South Africa and in water governance, human rights, gender and integrated water resources management in Zimbabwe. He is currently editing (with Anne Hellum and Kristin B. Sandvik) a volume entitled Human Rights: Ambiguities of Rights Claiming in Africa.

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