Women’s Participation in Community-Level Water Governance in Urban India: The Gap Between Motivation and Ability


Das, Priyam. 2014. “Women’s Participation in Community-Level Water Governance in Urban India: The Gap Between Motivation and Ability.” World Development 64 (December): 206–18.

Author: Priyam Das


Efforts by international development agencies to design gender-sensitive projects have sharpened their focus on women’s participation in community-level water governance. In some cases, such goals have enhanced women’s self-confidence and developed their skills despite having negligible impact on project outcomes. In others, they have simply been reduced to tokenism. This paper analyzes community-managed water supply projects for the urban poor in Madhya Pradesh, India, to provide a better understanding of the gap between women’s motivation to participate and their ability or agency to do so. It highlights how bridging this gap could be pivotal in strengthening women’s role in water governance.

Keywords: gender, women, participation, community-managed water supply, urban, India, South Asia

Topics: Development, Gender, Women, Infrastructure, Water & Sanitation Regions: Asia, South Asia Countries: India

Year: 2014

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