The River Basin Game Manual. A water dialogue tool.


This manual describes how to arrange, budget for, deliver and monitor the River Basin Game, which is a tool for promoting dialogue over water resources. The river basin game is a physical representation of a sub-catchment (or small river basin) with a gradient to show upstream-downstream flow of water. Upstream abstractors/users of water tend to be favoured over downstream abstractors and users of water. This difference often gives rise to inequality in water access for rural people – which can result in conflict. In addition, the game is applied via role-playing to conduct research and to facilitate local decision-making.


Lankford, B.A. and Sokile, C.S. 2003. The River Basin Game Manual. RIPARWIN Project. (Raising Irrigation Productivity and Releasing Water for Intersectoral Needs). Overseas Development Group, University of East Anglia, UK; Soil Water Management Research (SWMRG), Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania; International Water Management Institute (IWMI), South Africa. 12 pp.

The River Basin Game Manual. A water dialogue tool.

Published 1 January 2003