The fundamental importance of improving water governance at all levels, from the local to international levels, is increasingly recognized in international and national policy declarations, but what does this mean in practice?
This seminar will briefly review the rationale for attention to water governance institutions, some of the challenges involved, and then examine one promising approach to improving local water governance through community-level games. Particular attention will be given to a groundwater simulation game developed in conjunction with an NGO in India, which has been shown to have a significant effect on community water management. The presentation will conclude with implications for research on social learning to improve water governance.
Ruth Meinzen-Dick is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), based in Washington DC. She is Coordinator of the CGIAR Program on Collective Action and Property Rights (CAPRi), past president of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC). She is a development sociologist with extensive interdisciplinary research on land and water policy, local organizations, property rights, gender analysis, and the impact of agricultural research on poverty.
Ruth has conducted qualitative and quantitative field work in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Ghana. She has over 150 peer reviewed publications, including Gender in agriculture and food security: Closing the knowledge gap and Collective Action and Property Rights for Poverty Reduction: Insights from Africa and Asia.