Developmental water management
This programme focuses on the management of water in support of development objectives in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Within this programme, we are interested in how water can be managed effectively and in the interests of the poor and the marginalised in the context of limited human, technical and financial resources, and how can water management best support countries to achieve their national development objectives.
Throughout the developing world, including Sub-Saharan Africa, governments face the challenge of managing water (both water resources and water services) with limited resources. Consistently, one finds the challenge of legislative and administrative systems that demand greater resources for implementation than are available. This presents a number of challenges, including how to develop policy, legislation, strategies and systems that are appropriate to the African context; how to harness implementation capacity across the public, private and civil society sectors in constructive partnerships for change; and how to build increased accountability into water management systems to ensure that they protect the water needs and rights of poor, marginalised and vulnerable groups.
The participatory research that we conduct forms the basis of policy-level recommendations, channelled to decision-makers through a range of media, including policy briefs, workshops, symposia and dialogue.
The Pegasys Institute works closely with partners interested in similar water governance issues in both the research and the resulting advocacy work.