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Title: Capacities for irrigation water resource governance at the local level: Case study from the Upper East Region of Ghana
Contributor(s): Nanedo, Nukunu Awuku (author); Prior, Julian C  (author); Lobry De Bruyn, Lisa  (author)orcid ; Marshall, Graham R  (author)
Publication Date: 2014
DOI: 10.2495/SI140021
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Abstract: Local level institutional arrangements have been promoted by government and development agencies in Ghana as vehicles for sustainable water resource governance and rural development. However, these arrangements often lack the requisite capacities to fulfil their roles and responsibilities in this domain. This paper explores the existing capacities and capacity gaps among such institutional arrangements at regional, district and community level arrangements levels. Four case studies were undertaken of such governance in four communities of three districts in Ghana's Upper East Region involving in-depth and focus group interviews as well as field observations. We found that landholders' livelihoods have suffered as a result of the inadequate capacity within local level institutional arrangements to effectively manage irrigation water resources. The ineffectiveness of local level arrangements for irrigation water resource governance followed from irrigation governance responsibilities being devolved to local community organisations without adequate support for post project capacity building.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: Sustainable Irrigation 2014: 5th International Conference on Sustainable Irrigation and Drainage, Poznan, Poland, 17th - 19th June, 2014
Conference Details: Sustainable Irrigation 2014: 5th International Conference on Sustainable Irrigation and Drainage, Poznan, Poland, 17th - 19th June, 2014
Source of Publication: Sustainable Irrigation and Drainage V: Management, Technologies and Policies, p. 13-24
Publisher: WIT Press
Place of Publication: Southampton, United Kingdom
Field of Research (FOR): 070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development
070101 Agricultural Land Management
070102 Agricultural Land Planning
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
Series Name: WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment
Series Number : 185
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