Globalization has significantly redefined the nature of governance in the water sector. Non-state actors—multilateral and transnational donor agencies and corporations, non-government organizations, markets, and civil society at large—are assuming a bigger role in public policy-making for water resource management. New discourses on neoliberalism, integrated water resource management (IWRM), public–private partnerships, privatization, and gender equity have come to influence water governance.

Drawing upon detailed case studies from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan, this volume shows the implications of these new global paradigms for water allocation and management practices, institutions and governance structures in South Asia. It suggests that, despite claims to the contrary, they have done little to further human well-being, reduce gender disparity, or improve accountability and transparency in the system. Steering away from blueprint approaches, it argues for a more nuanced and contextual understanding of water management challenges, based on local knowledge and initiatives. This book will be useful to those interested in political economy and water governance, natural resource management, environmental studies, development studies, and public administration, as well as to water professionals, policy-makers and civil society activists.

chapter |15 pages


The Globalization of Governance: Transforming Water Management in South Asia?

part I|66 pages

IWRM, Well-being and Gender

chapter 1|16 pages

Gender, Water and Well-being

chapter 2|18 pages

Women, Water, Caste, and Gender

The Rhetoric of Reform in India’s Drinking Water Sector*

chapter 3|17 pages

Demand-driven Approach vis-a-vis Marginalized Communities

A Situation Analysis Based on Participatory Approaches in Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Programs in Sri Lanka

chapter 4|13 pages

IWRM, Well-being and Gender

A Perspective from Bhutan

part II|110 pages

State, Markets and Civil Society: Changing Configurations in Water Management

chapter 6|19 pages

Resource Management at Local Level

“Platform” Approach for Integration

chapter 7|15 pages

Accessibility of the Urban Poor to Safe Water Supply

A Case of a Small Town Water Supply Scheme in Nepal

chapter 9|17 pages

Need for Reforming the Reform

Incompatibility and Usurpation of Water Sector Reforms in the Indian State of Maharashtra

chapter 10|17 pages

Understanding Emerging Independent Regulatory Frameworks

Lessons for Reforming Karnataka’s Water Governance

part III|118 pages

Urbanization and Water: Emerging Conflicts, Responses and Challenges for Governance

chapter 11|9 pages

Urbanization and Water

A Conundrum and Source of Conflict?

chapter 12|18 pages

Contextualizing Rural–Urban Water Conflicts

Bio-Physical and Socio-Institutional Issues of Domestic Water Scarcity

chapter 13|17 pages

Urban–Rural Water Nexus

The Case of Gujarat

chapter 14|17 pages

Water Management in Rapidly Urbanizing Kathmandu Valley

Balancing Structural Linkages among Water, Society and Settlement

chapter 15|17 pages

Private Water Tanker Operators in Kathmandu

Analysis of Water Services and Regulatory Provisions

chapter 17|19 pages

Sustainable Urban Water Supply and Sanitation

A Case from Kandy, Sri Lanka