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Managing the Commons: A Conceptual Framework for Natural Resource Governance in Development Projects

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dc.contributor.author Fischer, Anke en_US
dc.contributor.author Petersen, Lorenz en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:35:28Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:35:28Z
dc.date.issued 2004 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2004-12-03 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2004-12-03 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10535/1257
dc.description.abstract "Many problems of unsustainable management of natural resources worldwide are due to a limited number of basic governance shortcomings such as lack of property rights definitions leading to open access, or insufficient enforcement of existing rules. Often however, researchers and to an even greater extent practitioners in development cooperation focus on one single natural resource and tend to ignore the analogy of problems in related fields. This practice is also endemic in the German Agency for Development Cooperation (GTZ). As a consequence, many insights gained in one field, e. g., with regard to irrigation or community forestry, are not shared with experts from related areas or discussed within a wider scope. "In this paper, a conceptual framework for analysing the governance problems behind unsustainable management of natural resources is proposed. It is applicable to all kinds of natural resources, regardless of their physical properties. The framework serves as a common theoretical background on which to analyse management problems, their causes, and possible interventions. The core of the framework draws on the Institutional Analysis and Design (IAD; e. g., Ostrom 1990, Thomson 1992). In addition, the proposed framework accounts for the peculiarities of development cooperation projects. Several modules are integrated which proved useful (i) to capture multi-actor relationships in resource management and (ii) to design and describe actual GTZ activities, interventions and the implementation of measures. Thus, a basis is provided to compare development cooperation projects and to draw conclusions on explicit and implicit goals of development policy and its shortcomings. "The second, empirical part of the paper illustrates the potential and the application of the framework and presents a survey of case studies on resource management in developing countries. Based on this analysis, actual interventions and consulting activities with regard to common property issues are compared to the overarching objectives of development policy." en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.subject international development en_US
dc.subject resource management--theory en_US
dc.subject resource management--case studies en_US
dc.subject natural resources en_US
dc.subject sustainability en_US
dc.subject institutional analysis--IAD framework en_US
dc.title Managing the Commons: A Conceptual Framework for Natural Resource Governance in Development Projects en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.subject.sector Theory en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference The Commons in an Age of Global Transition: Challenges, Risks and Opportunities, the Tenth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates August 9-13 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Oaxaca, Mexico en_US
dc.submitter.email yinjin@indiana.edu en_US

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