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Capacity Development for Improved Water Management

1st Edition

Edited by Maarten Blokland, Guy Alaerts, Judith Kaspersma, Matt Hare

CRC Press

408 pages | 51 Color Illus. | 30 B/W Illus.

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This collection of papers explains how knowledge and capacity development can contribute to improved, effective water management with a digest of lessons learned in the areas of development of tools and techniques, field applications and evaluation. The authors are prominent practitioners, capacity builders and academics within the water and capacity development sectors.

Capacity Development for Improved Water Management starts with an introduction and overview of progress and challenges in knowledge and capacity development in the water sector. The next part presents tools and techniques that are being used in knowledge and capacity development in response to the prevailing challenges in the water sector, and a review of experience with capacity change in other sectors. In the third part a number of cases are presented that cover knowledge and capacity development experiences in the water resources and water services sectors. This part also presents experiences on water education for children and on developing gender equity. The fourth part provides experiences with the monitoring and evaluation of knowledge and capacity building.

Table of Contents


Setting the Scene

Progress and Challenges in Knowledge and Capacity Development

Tools and techniques

E-learning for Capacity Development

Learning Systems for Adaptive Water Management: Experiences with the Development of Opencourseware and Training of Trainers

Bridging the Knowledge Gap: The Value of Knowledge Networks

Knowledge Management at the Community Level in Colombia

Developing Capacity for Conflict Resolution Applied to Water Issues

Capacity Change and Performance: Insights and Implications for Development Cooperation European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)

Areas of Application

Capacity Challenges in the Indonesian Water Resources Sector

Institutional Capacity Development of Water Resources Management in Iran

Practical Approaches and Lessons for Capacity Building: A Case of the National Water and Sewerage Corporation, Uganda

Lessons Learned from Capacity-Building Approaches in the Un-habitat Water for African Cities Programme

Water Education: Bridging Divides for Future Generations

An Overview of Capacity Building on Gender Equity in the Water Sector

Knowledge and Capacity Development at River Basin Level

Evaluation and Indicators

The Role of Education in Capacity Development

Capacity Development in Africa: Lessons of the Past Decade

Capacity Enhancement Indicators – A Review of Literature

Subject Index

About the Editors

Guy Alaerts

is lead water resources specialist at the World Bank, and professor of knowledge and

capacity building at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education. He is involved in

research on knowledge and capacity development of public water management

organisations, and is working on large-scale water sector reform processes in Asia and

South Eastern Europe.

Maarten Blokland

is an Associate Professor in Water Services Management at UNESCO-IHE Institute

for Water Education, a position he took up again in 2007, after working fulltime as the

Institute’s Deputy Director and Acting Director from August 2002 to October 2007.

He has worked in the water supply and sanitation sector since 1975, and worked in

more than 25 developing and newly industrialized countries.

Matt Hare

is senior programme officer at the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity

Development (UNW-DPC), in Bonn, Germany. His specializes in the areas of

curriculum development and training-of-trainers programmes, and on the themes of

participatory integrated water resources management and adaptation to climate change.

Judith Kaspersma

is working on her PhD research in knowledge and capacity development at UNESCOIHE

Institute for Water Education. She has been previously involved

in consultancy activities in the field of institutional and organisational development of

public organisations in the water sector in Asia and the Middle East.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply