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Decentralization: Resolve or Hide the Problem?

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dc.contributor.author Nastar, Maryam
dc.contributor.author Islar, Mine
dc.date.accessioned 2011-04-13T19:27:04Z
dc.date.available 2011-04-13T19:27:04Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7278
dc.description.abstract "Governance of common resources such as water calls for rethinking structure, legal frameworks and property rights. In order to promote the decentralization of water governance, Water User Associations (WUAs) were created in many countries, such as India and Turkey, to operate and maintain irrigation systems as well as take over the responsibility of water distribution among water users. Despite progress in these activities, the efficacy of WUAs in terms of securing water rights for all water users has received criticism in some studies. By looking at the different power dynamics and thus inequalities, this paper assesses the performance of WUAs in Urfa province in Turkey. This includes a closer look at institutional arrangement of WUAs in effectively managing the irrigation systems and protecting water user’s access rights. The result of this study is used to explore the underlying problems associated with WUAs in promoting sustainable water governance in terms of equitable water access and allocation. This paper argues that due to asymmetric power relations in these regions, securing equal water access and allocation is unlikely to be achievable. In other words, in the absence of a fair process of decision-making, WUAs will fail to achieve the intended benefits of decentralization policies. This raises the need to critically assess the premise of structural reforms in the water sector and a careful consideration of the water governance practices in different contexts where inequalities are evident." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject decentralization en_US
dc.subject water users' associations en_US
dc.subject power en_US
dc.title Decentralization: Resolve or Hide the Problem? en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Europe en_US
dc.coverage.country Turkey 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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