Institutional Change and Irrigation Management in Burkina Faso

Flowing Structures and Concrete Struggles

By Charlotte van der Schaaf

Water and land policies form the basis for this study on the realities of policy implementation and outcomes at the local level. The empirical study focuses on two small-scale irrigation systems in Burkina Faso. It contributes to the discussion on the widespread trend to transfer management responsibilities, through the ongoing decentralisation process, from the state to water user associations. The study shows the intra-community power structures and changing relationships between state actors and the community and the consequences for the management of these systems and the related natural resources.

344 pages

Publication Date: 11/26/2008
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9783825816247