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Social Capital and Local Water Management in Egypt$
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Dalia M. Gouda

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9789774167638

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774167638.001.0001

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State, Society, and Irrigation Management in Egypt

State, Society, and Irrigation Management in Egypt

(p.37) 2 State, Society, and Irrigation Management in Egypt
Social Capital and Local Water Management in Egypt

Dalia M. Gouda

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter brings together the different elements that explain irrigation water management in Egypt and how it has changed over time, leading to the initiation of irrigation improvement projects and the formation of water users' organizations (WUOs) from the late 1980s onward. It looks at the role of the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation and the customary social organizations (informal water user groups) for irrigation water management, and how they have changed over the past sixty years. It outlines the different irrigation improvement projects and discusses the objectives of the Egyptian government and donor agencies in the creation of WUOs, and how these have affected the functioning of WUOs at different hydrological levels. Finally, it summarizes the fieldwork strategy used to carry out the research, giving the reasons for the selection of the villages in Kafr al-Sheikh and Fayoum governorates and the author's access to the field.

Keywords:   irrigation water management, irrigation improvement, water users' organizations, WUO, water policy

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