The proposed research program aims to contribute to sustainable local
water governance in support of the rural poor and otherwise
disadvantaged groups in developing countries by improving the knowledge
among researchers and practitioners of the nature, extent and intensity
of local water conflict and cooperation and their social, economic and
political impacts, and how this may change with increased competition
1) Quantitative inventories and
qualitative case studies of the origin, nature, extent and intensity of
local water conflicts and cooperation in seven countries in Africa, Asia
and Latin America, and of their social, economic and political impacts.
2) Cross-cutting analysis and synthesis
of findings from national studies, including typologies of water
conflicts and cooperation and contributions to the theoretical
understanding of the impact of economic and political inequality on the
nature and outcomes of water-related conflict and cooperation.
3) Recommendations for ongoing water
policy, legal and administrative reform developed and disseminated to
national decision-makers, practitioners, researchers and relevant Danida
sector support and Danida support provided through multilateral
4) Enhanced capacity and experience in
the partner institutions within poverty-oriented analysis of water
conflicts and cooperation.