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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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Water User Organizations and Social Capital

Water User Organizations and Social Capital

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Social Capital and Local Water Management in Egypt

Dalia M. Gouda

American University in Cairo Press

Chapters 3 and 4 four set out the findings of four case studies in two different governorates, Kafr al-Sheikh and Fayoum, covering two periods: the 1950s and 1960s, and the 1970s onward. They described and analyzed similar village fields and contrasting irrigation water management fields. This chapter draws on this material to examine the role played by social capital in influencing the functioning of water users' organizations (WUOs). First, it sets out the findings from using the developed framework in the four case study areas. This is followed by a discussion, based on these findings, of the limitations of Putnam's theory and approach in explaining the impact of social capital on the functioning of WUOs. Next, it discusses the enhancements of the conceptual framework based on the empirical findings and their theoretical implications. Finally, the chapter looks at how the framework can be generalized.

Keywords:   social capital, Egypt, irrigation water management, water users' organizations, Robert Putnam

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