The search for ‘better’ water resource governance, determined by the
performance of institutional mechanisms - the making and enforcing of
rules governing cooperative human behaviour - is the focus of a large
and disparate literature. The rich debates and sometimes conflicting
stances within it promote an array of approaches for improved
institutional functioning towards the dual goals of poverty reduction
and environmentally sustainable growth. Given the complexity of water
management contexts at hand this diversity is appropriate, but the
challenges facing those seeking to improve water governance are
conflated by an often weak empirical basis for many of the strategies
articulated in the literature.
This systematic review therefore aims to map the literature on water
resource management (WRM) institutions, and objectively appraise the
quality of the evidence base for the range of factors, their relative
significance and the co-variables which determine their performance in
helping to deliver pro-poor outcomes and sustainable economic growth.
The goal is to identify, characterize and promote an improved evidence
base of high quality research to support more effective interventions by
policy-makers, practitioners, water users, advocacy groups and academics
CEE protocol 11-006, Collaboration for Environmental Evidence, Bangor, UK, 67 pp.