Water and Development

Good Governance after Neoliberalism

Edited by Ronaldo Munck, Narathius Asingwire, Honor Fagan, and Consolata Kabonesa


This book examines current debates around water, development and governance, arguing for an approach that is both sustainable and participatory.

Water has always been a crucial catalyst for human development. In Africa, competition among different sectors for this scarce resource remains a critical challenge to water managers and decision-makers.

Water and Development examines a range of issues, from governance to solar distillation, from gender to water pumps, using a range of research methods, from participant observation to GIS and SPSS data analysis. Throughout, however, there is the unifying thread of developing a participatory and sustainable approach to water which recognises it as an essential public necessity.

The result is essential reading both for students of development and the environment and for NGOs and policy-makers seeking a robust and transformational approach to water and development.

Author Bio

Ronaldo Munck is head of civic engagement at Dublin City University and visiting professor in Development Studies at St Mary’s University, Canada. He is the founding chair of the Development Studies Association of Ireland.

Narathius Asingwire is a senior lecturer at and former chair of the Department of Social Work and Social Administration at Makerere University, Uganda. His key areas of research include safe rural water, hygiene and sanitation.

G. Honor Fagan is a professor of sociology at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. She has previously lectured in sociology departments in Northern Ireland, South Africa and the UK.

Consolata Kabonesa is senior lecturer and dean at the School of Women and Gender Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda. 

Table of Contents

  • Part I: Context
    • Introduction
    • 1. Water, Development and Good Governance - Ronaldo Munck
    • 2. Liquid Dynamics: Challenges for Sustainability in the Water Domain - Lyla Mehta and Synne Movik
    • 3. Can IWRM Float on a Sea of Underdevelopment? Reflections on Twenty-Plus Years of 'Reform' in Sub-Saharan Africa - Larry A. Swatuk
    • 4. Water Politics in Eastern and Southern Africa - Sobona Mtisi and Alan Nicol
  • Part II: Case Study
    • 5. Integrated Water Management and Social Development in Uganda - Gloria Macri, Firminus Mugumya and Áine Rickard
    • 6. Governance and Safe Water Provisioning in Uganda: Theory and Practice - Firminus Mugumya and Narathius Asingwire
    • 7. Woman Water Keeper? Women's Troubled Participation in Water Resource Management - Richard Bagonza Asaba and G. Honor Fagan
    • 8. Women and Water Politics: An Ethnographic Gender Perspective - Joyce Mpalanyi Magala, Consolata Kabonesa and Anthony Staines
    • 9. Understanding Adaptive Capacity on the Ground: A Case of Agro-Pastoralists in a Rural Parish, Uganda - Mavuto D. Tembo
    • 10. Functional Sustainability of Hand Pumps for Rural Water Supply - Michael Lubwama, Brian Corcoran and Kimmitt Sayers
  • Part III: Balance Sheet
    • 11. Beyond the MDGS: Can the Water Crisis for the Poor Finally be Resolved? - David Hemson


'This highly readable book raises important issues in the management of freshwater in the interests of the poor and the marginalised, issues that are becoming more pressing in the face of population growth, economic development and climate change.'
Barbara Schreiner, executive director, Pegasys Institute

'This is a very significant book, and an important grounding for future thinking and policy around "water for all."'
Robert Chambers, author of Rural Development and Provocations for Development

'An illustrative, inspiring and innovative text. Scholars, researchers, policy-makers and planners in the water sector will undoubtedly find this book a vital reference.'
John Ddumba-Ssentamu, professor and vice chancellor, Makerere University

'An insightful and important analysis of the promises and pitfalls inherent in hybrid development models guiding global water resource governance.'
Nalini Visvanathan, co-editor of The Women, Gender and Development Reader


Publication Date: 15 September 2015
272 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781783604920
Hardback: 9781783604937
eBook ePub: 9781783604951
eBook PDF: 9781783604944
eBook Kindle: 9781783604968

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