Water Infrastructure, Gender and Development Analysis and Annotated Bibliography

This analysis and bibliography explore the intersections of gender, water infrastructure and development. The document is divided into three major sections. Section One, “Mapping the Terrain: An Overview of the Gender, Water Infrastructure and Development Literature,” provides a brief analytic mapping of the various approaches researchers have taken to exploring the relationships of gender, water infrastructure, and different visions of development. Section Two, “A Conceptual Guide to the Bibliography,” details the major questions addressed and analytic frameworks employed by these researchers; its organization mirrors and explicates the structure of the bibliography. Section Three is the Annotated Bibliography itself.
It is important to note that the research literature on this topic is vast, diverse, and not always easy to categorize. Further, categorization is always an interpretive process, and readers with different backgrounds and different intellectual bents would likely come up with very different results. In this case, the field mapping and conceptual organization of the bibliography are the work of Consortium Research Intern Mansi Hitesh.
The bibliography itself is divided into five parts; the first four center academic research in this field, and the fifth contains selected non-academic resources. More specifically:
• Part I, which is the most extensive, focuses on the gender-differentiated ways in which women and men access, use and manage water, as well as on the gender-inequitable impacts of water infrastructure projects.
• Part II contains sources that focus on women’s participation and representation in water resource governance; some also apply a critical feminist lens to the liberal frameworks used to frame the mainstream participation discourse.
• Sources in Part III contest the importance of participatory reforms, and focus instead on larger structural causes of intersectional inequalities in access to water, such as the privatization and commodification of water supply and management.
• Part IV explores Feminist Political Ecology (FPE) as a powerful analytic tool in creating a sustainable, feminist approach to the politics of water infrastructure development.
• Part V contains selected non-academic sources on water/water infrastructure and gender.
Consortium interns Katie Rose Parsons, Mansi Hitesh, Zena Wolf, Brittany Dhooge, Marium Sultan, Morgan Peterson, and Laura Beth Hooper undertook the primary research for this bibliography, with additional contributions from Jessica Tueller, Jana Kanaan and Eva Bianco, as well as Consortium staff members.
This bibliography was created by the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights as part of our Feminist Roadmap for Sustainable Peace and Planet ( project. The FRSPP starts with the perception that postwar transitions and the sustainability of pea ce itself are often undermined by transnational political economic actors and processes. Its goal is to provide: forward looking expert knowledge of those processes; analyses of their impacts on gender relations and other structural inequalities underlying armed conflicts; and recommendations for how to engage and modify those processes to be more supportive of the societal transformations critical to building gender equitable, sustainable peace. Topics addressed in the FRSPP include, inter alia the econom ic recovery policy prescriptions of international financial institutions; extractives; land rights, large scale land acquisition and land grabbing; infrastructure reconstruction; and climate disruption.
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