This book addresses paradigm shifts in water policy and governance, and examines the role of civil society organizations in influencing public policy, while focusing on social equity and democratic participation. It illustrates a range of interesting developments in policy formulation, donor–state nexus, and interventions by civil society and voluntary organizations. The collection of articles provides a comprehensive and current narrative of the state–society relations in South Asia under neoliberal governance reforms, their implications and key responses with regard to water policies. Using case studies, it closely investigates the impact, effectiveness, drawbacks and challenges faced by voluntary organizations and social movements working at various levels in the water sector. The work will interest researchers and students of development studies, environmental studies, natural resource management, water governance, and public administration, as also water sector professionals, policymakers, civil society activists and governmental and non-governmental organizations.

part I|68 pages

NGOs in Collaborative Advocacy

chapter 2|35 pages

Watershed Development Policies and Programs in India

Scope and Constraints of Civil Society Action

chapter 3|31 pages

How an NGO Works the State and Why it Succeeds

A Case Study from Central India

part II|78 pages

Foreign Assistance and Water Governance

chapter 4|21 pages

Water Provision and Modernity

The Consequence of Foreign Aid in Nepal

chapter 5|26 pages

Foreign Assistance, Dependence and Debt

Sanitation Case Study, Kandy, Sri Lanka

part III|83 pages

NGOs in Policy Influence

chapter 7|35 pages

Water Policy Development in a Multi-party System of Governance

A Case Study of Sri Lanka 1

chapter 8|27 pages

Water Rights in Civil Society and Governance

The Sri Lankan Experience

chapter 9|19 pages

“Flood Action Plan” and NGO Protests in Bangladesh

An Assessment

part IV|60 pages

Social Movements in Water Governance

chapter 11|34 pages

Lessons from Plachimada

From Anti-Coca-Cola Agitation to Democratization of Water