‘Swa’-jal-dhara or ‘Pay’-jal-dhara-Sector Reform and the Right to Drinking Water in Rajasthan and Maharashtra (P. Sampat)

Author Preeti Sampat Keywords Access to water, community ownership, drinking water supply, privatisation, right to water, state run services, structural adjustment, Swajaldhara, water policy, water sector reforms Abstract Since the ascent of economic liberalisation in the 1990s, Washington Consensus policies – exemplified by structural adjustment and reform – have become the norm across the globe. […]

Gaining Access to Water: Formal and Working Rules of Indigenous Irrigation Management on Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (M.E. Gillingham)

Author Mary E. Gillingham Keywords Indigenous irrigation, Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, access to water, sustainable, flexible, governance Abstract Using the example of indigenous irrigation on Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, this paper illustrates that operating beneath the formal rules of irrigation organization is a series of “working rules” that people use to actually obtain access to water. It […]

When interests clash: the right to water in South Sudan: Fiona Lubett and Afshin Akhtarkhavari

Authors Fiona Lubett and Afshin Akhtarkhavari Keywords Rights, healthy environment, access to water, competing interests, South Sudan, White Nile Abstract Access to water is a significant twenty-first century concern but the right to it, couched in the context of the human rights discourse, while often able to assist with short-term solutions, particularly in developing countries, […]

Water, Culture and Power: Local Struggles in a Global Context (J. Donahue and B. Johnston)

Author(s) John Donahue and Barbara Johnston Keywords Water, access to drinking water, population, water scarcity, water shortages Abstract According to some estimates, at least 1.7 billion people do not have an adequate supply of drinking water and as many as 40% of the world’s population face chronic shortages. Yet water scarcity is more than a […]

Facing Down the Hydro-Crisis (P. Gleick)

Author Peter Gleick Keywords Global water crisis, climate change, increasing demand, shrinking supply, transboundary water management, international arbiters, conflicts Abstract Peter Gleick warns of a global water crisis “of a magnitude unlike any before in human history.” Shrinking supply, increasing demand, and climate change create an unprecedented urgency to act. Gleick lays out a series […]