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The Role of Social Capital and Further Assets for Collective Action and User Participation to Solve Water Resource Problems in Megacities

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dc.contributor.author Meyer-Ueding, J.
dc.contributor.author Rommel, J.
dc.contributor.author Hanisch, Markus
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-22T17:51:11Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-22T17:51:11Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7127
dc.description.abstract "Many large cities around the world face huge challenges of water scarcity. In the South-Indian emerging megacity Hyderabad, uncontrolled population growth and negative effects of climate change add to the existing water crisis. While the upper middle class, farmers around the city, and industries consume a lot of water, slum residents are left behind with inadequate water supplies. As successful cases from slums in other developing countries show, neighborhood organizations can help to improve upon the status quo of water service provision. The degree of collective organization in Hyderabad’s slums is low, however. This paper hypothesizes that differences in assets are responsible for this gap. From a stratified survey of 500 households in Hyderabad we describe differences in endowments across neighborhoods and analyze the way in which assets in general and social capital in particular affect the willingness to address water-related problems collectively. We find that this willingness strongly depends on location – i.e. city zone and type of neighborhood –, having experienced water quality problems, and norm following. In slum neighborhoods also the level of education positively impacts the willingness to organize with one’s neighbors. From these findings we conclude that endowments with social capital and other assets cannot satisfactorily explain the lack of organization. Further research should be directed towards the strong geographical differences in the willingness to organize." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject slums en_US
dc.subject social capital en_US
dc.subject urban affairs en_US
dc.subject water management en_US
dc.title The Role of Social Capital and Further Assets for Collective Action and User Participation to Solve Water Resource Problems in Megacities en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Middle East & South Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country India en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Sustaining Commons: Sustaining Our Future, the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates January 10-14 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Hyderabad, India en_US

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