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News INEF Policy Brief on local waterconflicts and development cooperation

Growing water scarcity increases competition for the access to the  resource and subsequent conflict potentials in many countries. Water management and related conflicts are increasingly a question of  distributive justice and political legitimacy. The Policy Brief "Scarce Water, Plenty of Conflicts? Local Water Conflicts and the Role of  Development Cooperation" (3/2008) by Annabelle Houdret analyses the causes of intrastate water conflicts and introduces the main challenges  for international development cooperation. By typologising water conflicts and showing corresponding policy options the paper provides an  overview of possible strategies to cope with water conflicts. Finally,  the Policy Brief offers recommendations on how to better identify,  resolve and prevent conflicts in the water sector.

The Policy Brief 3/2008 can be downloaded.

Contact information Director: Prof. Dr. Tobias Debiel / Executive Director: Dr. Cornelia Ulbert / Secretary's Office:Ursula Schuermann: Institut fuer Entwicklung und Frieden (INEF) / Institute for Development and Peace: Fachbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaften / Department for Social Sciences, Universitaet Duisburg-Essen / Campus Duisburg, D-47048 Duisburg, Standort/Location: Geibelstr. 41 / SG 069; D-47057 Duisburg (email: ; ;
Phone: +49203/379-4421 /+49203/379-4422 / +49203/379-4420 / Fax.: +49203/379-4425
News type Inbrief
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Source of information INEF Policy Briefs
Keyword(s) water scarcity
Geographical coverage International
News date 25/02/2008
Working language(s) ENGLISH