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Background to Guidelines and Key Concepts

Moriarty, Patrick; Batchelor, Charles; Laban, Peter; Fahmy, Hazem (2007)

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. While it is not essential to read this booklet before using the methods and tools, it will help to develop a deeper understanding of the approach and of the issues and problems that those working to improve water governance need to address.

This background booklet looks at the nature of water governance and its role in IWRM. It examines how stakeholder dialogue can improve the nature of multi-stakeholder platforms. It outlines how the role of the expert is changing from someone who provides solutions to someone who helps stakeholders to address their problems and to develop their own solutions.

This booklet is divided into four sections.

  1. Water governance and integrated water resources management 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.
  2. How to achieve and maintain good water governance 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.
  3. Lessons learnt in water governance briefly sets out the key lessons learnt in using the EMPOWERS approach.
  4. The way forward 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

Table of Content

- Preface

- Chapter 1. Water governance and integrated water resources management

  • What is water governance?
  • Integrated water resources management (IWRM)

- Chapter 2. How to achieve and maintain good water governance

  • Links between water governance and financing
  • Changing roles for stakeholders

- Chapter 3. Lessons learnt in water governance

- Chapter 4. The way forward

- References

NB: A related publication to this background document is The EMPOWERS Approach to Water Governance: Guidelines, Methods and Tools.

This Guideline document is also available in Arabic.

Copyright © 2007 The EMPOWERS Partnership.
Extracts of this publication may be reproduced in any non-advertising, non-profit making context provided the source is acknowledged as follows:

Moriarty, Patrick; Batchelor, Charles; Laban, Peter; Fahmy, Hazem (2007)
The EMPOWERS Approach to Water Governance: Background and Key Concepts

Publisher: INWRDAM on behalf of the EMPOWERS Partnership

ISBN 978-9957-8624-5-9

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Disclaimer: EMPOWERS was co-funded by the European Union MEDA Water Programme. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the authors and cannot be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

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