Water provision and governance of water involve complex institutional systems and coordination between different levels of government. In many countries, reforms for effective water management are hampered by an unclear allocation of roles and responsibilities, territorial fragmentation and limited capacity at the local level. Moreover, adding to the challenge of good water governance is the impact of climate change and its effects on water, food and energy resources.
This course discusses how water resources and services can be managed and allocated in an efficient and equitable way. We will take into account the institutional context and focus on the five building blocks for sound water governance: a powerful administrative organisation, a legally embedded system, an adequate financing system based on economic analyses of water services, a systematic planning approach and participation of stakeholders.