Water and a fluid international development agenda


Fagan, Honor and Munck, Ronaldo (2018) Water and a fluid international development agenda. In: Handbook on Development and Social Change. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, pp. 374-394. ISBN 9781786431554

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Abstract

Access to, and the socio-ecological management of, water resources is a vital component of any international development framework that seeks to eradicate poverty and address global socio-economic inequities. The shifting approaches taken to the question of water over the past 30 years neatly reflects the changes, continuities and challenges in the evolution of development policy itself. The negotiation around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has shown the limitations and contradictions of the international development agenda, and none has shown those limitations more so than the water goals. Perhaps this is because the efforts made around water resourcing and distribution are being made in the context of an unfettered top-down political economy of water. We are in an era of the global ‘water grab’ (Transnational Institute (TNI), 2013) with ten major firms controlling water in over 100 countries (Salleh, 2016, p. 958). It is increasingly unlikely that even these most compromised water goals will be delivered (Salleh, 2016), based as they are on a public-private partnership model. This may best express the failure of global international development policy itself to deliver on meeting basic needs, given ongoing legitimation of what remains a non-transformative economic growth model.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Water; Fluid Agenda; International Development Policies;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
Item ID: 10353
Depositing User: Honor Fagan
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2019 10:55
Journal or Publication Title: Handbook on Development and Social Change, edited by G. H. Fagan, and Ronaldo Munck, Edward Elgar Publishing, Incorporated, 2018.
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Refereed: Yes
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