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Transfer of Irrigation Management Services

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Vermillion, Douglas L.; Sagardoy, Juan A.
Date: 1999
Agency: International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Colombo, Sri Lanka, Deutsche Gesellschaft Fur Technische Zusammenarbeig (GTZ), Eschborn, Germany, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Rome, Italy
Series: FAO Irrigation and Drainage Paper, no. 58
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/4183
Sector: Water Resource & Irrigation
Subject(s): irrigation--policy
water resources
participatory management
water users' associations
policy analysis
Abstract: From p. 3-4: "These guidelines are organized according to four phases in the process of management transfer. Phase 1 (Chapter 2) is about mobilizing support for adoption of a transfer policy. This includes sensitizing the public and policymakers, and discussing, preparing and adopting a transfer policy statement. The process might stop here if there is not enough support for it, or if it is determined that it is the wrong time or place.. If the decision is to proceed, then those involved in policy making, planning and implementation are directed through the subsequent phases. "Phase 2 (Chapter 3) is strategic planning to organize the basic arrangements for the reform process. This may include formation of a coordinating committee, working group and issue groups and preparation of a concise strategic plan. "Phase 3 (Chapters 4 through 7) is about resolution of key policy issues before planning for implementation can begin. These are: (i) how the irrigation sub-sector is going to be financed after irrigation management transfer; (ii) what legislative and sector-level restructuring Introduction is needed to support transfer; (iii) what management functions should be transferred; and (iv) what type of organization should take over management from the government. "Phase 4 (Chapters 8 through 11) is about planning and implementation. These are combined for efficiency and because, in practice, planning is elaborated in the process of implementation. The key tasks in this phase are creating and strengthening water users' associations and water service providers, making improvements in irrigation infrastructure, carrying out monitoring and evaluation and adjusting plans in accordance with lessons learned during implementation."

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